Edrick Floreal, who elevated Kentucky’s track and field program to national prominence, has been hired as the coach at the University of Texas.
Floreal was hired by Kentucky in July 2012 after a six-year stint at Stanford.
“We are grateful to Edrick for his work leading our program and wish him well,” Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement. “We believe the success Kentucky track and field and cross country have seen in recent years is just a glimpse of what’s to come. A national search for our next head coach will begin immediately. Our focus in this search will remain on our student-athletes and their growth as people and competitors.”
The Kentucky women’s team, led by Jasmine Camacho-Quinn and Sydney McLaughlin, placed fourth last week at the NCAA championships. It was the third time in the last four years that the women’s team finished in the top-4 at the NCAA championships.
The men’s team finished tied for 16th, its best finish in eight years.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t start off by thanking Mitch Barnhart and everyone at Kentucky,” Floreal said in a release. “I’m so grateful for all the support they gave me in building a world-class program there.
“It’s because of them that I have an opportunity like this, and I am so excited to be the head coach at Texas. It’s the elite of the elite in track and field programs, and the potential to achieve greatness is fantastic. You have the premier track and field state in the country to recruit in, a rich and proud history, and are the flagship institution of the state. It’s truly an amazing opportunity. My job is to provide great coaching, great development and to help kids believe they can reach personal heights they never dreamed of, so we can build on all of the great success that Texas Track and Field has had for many years.”