UT Track And Field Makes Splash With Edrick Floreal HC Hire

-Story by Kevin Sully - FloTrack

The University of Texas announced on Wednesday that Edrick Floreal will be the program's new head coach. Floreal led the program at the University of Kentucky since 2012 where he led Kentucky to a third place women's finish at this year's NCAA Championships. Prior to Kentucky, Floreal spent 14 years at Stanford, the last six as the program's head coach. 

"Edrick is a terrific coach who has a tremendous reputation in the track and field community," Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said in a release

"He's a coach I've followed for a long time and is so well respected. Everyone I talked to had great things to say, and I really enjoyed visiting with him. I am excited about what he'll bring to our program and how he'll build on the proud tradition of Texas Track and Field."

Tonja Burford-Bailey was named the program's interim head coach since the beginning of the year when she replaced Mario Sategna.  UT cut ties with Sategna in February earlier in the year after a tenure that included an ethics investigation.  

In addition to his work with collegians, Floreal had a stable of professional athletes that he coached in Lexington, Kentucky including Keni Harrison, Omar McLeod and Kori Carter, Sydney Mclaughlin.