Hyman era begins at A&M
AD Eric Hyman officially introduced on eve of SEC induction
Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07
After several weeks of searching, Texas A&M officially announced former South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman as the man to lead the Aggies in an identical role Saturday in the flag room of the Memorial Student Center.
“Shortly after athletic director Bill Byrne announced his intent to retire from Texas A&M, we initiated a national search process to secure the best individual we could find in the world to lead athletics at A&M,” A&M president R. Bowen Loftin said. “I’m please to say today we have succeeded.”
Hyman’s past includes stints at South Carolina, TCU, Miami (Ohio) University and Virginia Military Institute. He built winners at each of his previous stops, including his most recent gig with the Gamecocks’ in the toughest athletic conference in the nation – the SEC.
As AD at TCU from 1998-2005, Hyman led the Horned Frogs to 32 conference titles and began a $30 million project to renovate facilities across the board. The school would win six bowl games, earn back-to-back regional appearances in baseball for the first time in its history and have the women’s basketball team attend five straight NCAA tournaments.
At South Carolina, Hyman found even more success. A builder of strong athletic foundations, a $200 million master plan for facilities was created under his tenure and is still in progress. Most notably, Hyman has overseen two baseball national championships and the winningest football team in school history. In the 2011-12 season alone, the Gamecocks won the women’s soccer regular season SEC title, had the women’s basketball team advance to the Sweet 16, won a record 11 games in football and saw almost all of their programs advance to the post-season.
Hyman said it was tough for him to leave a successful program he had invested energy to build, but expressed his pleasure in taking on his new role at A&M.
“Friday was a sad day. I left a great school and a wonderful athletic department with a lot of great people. It was tough to say goodbye to the coaches,” Hyman said. “But with that said, I’m truly excited to be here. I’m looking forward to helping Texas A&M as we go forward in athletics.”
Making a move from a school already entrenched in the SEC, Hyman said there are pros and cons to A&M’s move to its new conference.
“Going into the SEC is good news, bad news. The good news is, it’s the best league in the country,” Hyman said. “The bad news is, it’s the best league in the country…every time you compete, it’s going to be a 12-round boxing match. It’s ferociously competitive.”
Still, Hyman said he was excited to be leading A&M into the new conference. Jason Cook, A&M vice president of marketing and communications, said the SEC was a major draw for all candidates applying for the athletic director position.
“With Texas A&M’s move to the SEC, that enabled us to attract a very wide and deep pool of candidates,” Cook said. “Just like coaches or student athletes, athletic directors want to compete at the highest levels, and that’s in the SEC.”