The Director of Athletics at Texas A&M University is stepping down.
Eric Hyman was named the Texas A&M Director of Athletics on June 30, 2012. The school officially joined the Southeastern Conference on July 1, 2012.
He immediately hit the ground running, taking a lead role in the $450 million redevelopment of Texas A&M’s football stadium – Kyle Field. The project is the largest stadium redevelopment in college football history. With an aggressive two-year timeline, the 102,512-seat stadium project is set for completion in time for the start of the 2015 season.
Hyman also initiated a comprehensive strategic plan for Texas A&M’s Athletics Department, which includes a facilities master plan. Recently completed facilities include the Davis Player Development Center for Aggie Football ($9 million), R.C. Slocum Nutrition Center ($12 million), the Lohman Center for Aggie Football ($4 million) Ellis Field at Aggie Soccer Complex ($1 million), the Thomas G. Hildebrand DVM ’56 Equine Complex, and the Player Development Center-West Campus. Other projects in the planning stages include a new softball stadium and outdoor track and field stadium.
Prior to arriving at Texas A&M, Hyman’s spent seven years as the Athletics Director at the University of South Carolina and led the school to national prominence when the Gamecocks won their first national championships with back-to-back titles in baseball (2010 & 2011). His hiring of successful head coaches, the development of a $200 million master plan of facilities, and the school’s first athletics capital campaign took South Carolina Athletics to new heights.
Under Hyman’s tenure, the Carolina Stadium state-of-the-art baseball facility opened in the spring of 2009; the Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center opened in February 2010; followed closely by an adjacent parking garage and tennis center. The Rice Athletics Center coaches’ support building opened in June 2012. Off the field, South Carolina student-athletes combined to surpass the 3.0 grade point average plateau for 11 consecutive semesters and were regularly among the leaders in the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Hyman went to South Carolina from TCU, where he served as the athletics director from 1998-2005. Under his direction, TCU reached new heights across the board, from number of conference wins, NCAA tournament appearances, bowl appearances, national rankings and academic success to having a Heisman Trophy finalist, LaDainian Tomlinson. As TCU’s athletics director, Hyman worked diligently to improve athletics facilities. He directed a three-phase building plan that completely renovated the athletics department’s facilities and provided the foundation for the recent Frogs’ successes.
Prior to his stint in Fort Worth, Hyman was the Athletics Director at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and VMI in Lexington, Va. He also served as Executive Associate Athletics Director at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., and Associate Athletics Director at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Prior to becoming an administrator, he coached football at Furman University for nine years under Art Baker and Dick Sheridan.
Hyman has developed an outstanding reputation as a leader among his peers. He was named the 2003-04 Street and Smith’s Business Journal National Athletic Director of the Year and was also selected as the Division I-A West Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
In September 2008, he assumed the duties as President of the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association. More recently, he was named to the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee and was selected as the 2010-11 Under Armour Southeast Region Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA.
Hyman has been a featured speaker at numerous conventions, including the NCAA Champions Forum, to speak on diversity issues in athletics; and the American Football Coaches’ Association, to guide aspiring assistant coaches on how to become a head coach. He is also a regular presenter at the Division I-A Athletic Directors Institute.
Hyman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was an all-ACC football player, on the Dean’s list and selected for the Hula Bowl. He signed with the New Orleans Saints.
Hyman earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Furman in 1975. He and his wife, Pauline, together coached the women’s basketball team at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., leading the team to national rankings in the 1970s.
Hyman will continue his AD role until the position can be filled.
Texas A&M contributed to this article.
Texas A&M contributed to this article.