Texas A&M coach Blair gets extension through 2015

Texas A&M coach Gary Blair has received a three-year

contract extension to remain with the seventh-ranked Aggies through

the 2014-15 season.

Blair is 169-75 since joining Texas A&M in 2003 and has led

the Aggies to a school-record five-straight appearances in the NCAA

tournament, reaching the regional finals in 2008. The Aggies are

14-1 this season, matching their best start in school history, and

have won eight straight games – their longest win streak since a

school-record 12-game run to start the 2008-09 season.

”Coach Blair has created a culture of excellence in Aggie

women’s basketball unlike anything ever achieved at Texas

A&M,” Director of Athletics Bill Byrne said in a release

Thursday. ”He has built a following for women’s basketball that

rivals the very best programs in America, and our women’s team is

now routinely ranked among the best in the United States.”

Over the last four seasons A&M went 107-31 for the best

four-year stretch in school history, and Blair became the program’s

winningest coach with the Aggies’ victory over Portland State in

the first round of the NCAA tournament last year.

Overall, Blair is 577-238 for a .708 winning percentage in his

26-year coaching career that includes stops at Stephen F. Austin

(1985-93) and Arkansas (1993-03).

”I’m pleased that the University showed enough confidence in my

ability to warrant another three-year extension to my existing

contract,” Blair said. ”I’m happy with A&M, I’m happy with

the extension, but I’m even happier with the basketball team that

I’m coaching.”