COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M volleyball coach Laurie Corbelli was one of four head coaches to be approved for a contract extension following today’s meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents.
In addition to Corbelli’s contract, the university announced that it will augment the contracts of women’s basketball coach Gary Blair, baseball coach Rob Childress and track and field coach Pat Henry. The Board authorized Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin to execute the coaches’ respective employment contracts in conjunction with Director of Athletics Eric Hyman.
“We have a tremendous team of coaches here at Texas A&M, and I appreciate the Regents and Dr. Loftin working with us to ensure our continued success in these sports,” Hyman said. “Our coaches are great ambassadors for Texas A&M, and I am proud of their efforts not only in competition, but in building champions among our student-athletes across all aspects of their lives.”
Texas A&M is coming off the best athletics season in school history – the Aggies’ first in the Southeastern Conference – by finishing fifth in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
In the midst of her 21st season at Texas A&M, Corbelli has led the Aggies to 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, including two regional finals and four regional semifinals. Texas A&M has 14 20-plus win seasons during her tenure, while finishing in the top-25 10 times. Last season, Texas A&M won the Western Division title in its first SEC season with a 16-4 conference mark – placing second overall – and posted a 25-6 full-season ledger, as well as a No. 17 final RPI. Corbelli’s contract will extend an additional three years through 2017, with her compensation increasing to rank among the top five of SEC coaches.
“Coach Corbelli’s program has been a model of consistency, reaching postseason play in 16 of her 21 seasons at Texas A&M and coming off a great first season in the SEC. Laurie has a proven track record of developing All-Americans both on the court and in the classroom, and she is a great ambassador for our university.”
"I have a tremendous amount of respect in the leadership of Eric Hyman, Marcy Girton and their administrative team,” Corbelli said. “John (Corbelli, associate head coach) and I are incredibly excited about continuing our pursuit of championships at Texas A&M, and we greatly appreciate the belief and trust they’ve shown in us. As always, we are eager to continue to teach, motivate and win with the nation’s top volleyball student-athletes.”
Corbelli and the Aggies return to Reed Arena Sunday to take on SEC defending champion and fifth-ranked Florida in a match that will be nationally televised by ESPNU. First serve is slated for 1 p.m., and fans presenting a ticket from the Texas A&M-UTEP football game will be admitted for only $3. In addition, 300 pizza rolls will be given away at the conclusion of the match.
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