SAN ANTONIO —
UTSA Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey announced Wednesday several track & field coaching staff changes, including the consolidation of the men’s and women’s programs with Aaron Fox named as Director of Track & Field and Cross Country.
Fox, who has served as head men’s coach for the past six seasons, will oversee both the men’s and women’s programs in his new role. A Flagstaff, Ariz., native and former All-American at Texas, he has guided the men to three consecutive Southland Conference Indoor titles and the league’s outdoor crown in May.
“We had an opportunity due to the retirement of our women’s head coach James Blackwood to reevaluate our track programs and, in looking at where we were at, we decided to combine them,” Hickey said. “By doing this, we feel we can be more efficient across the board and increase our level of support and resources for our student-athletes.
“I am very excited about offering this opportunity to Aaron. He had an outstanding career as a student-athlete and that has carried over into his coaching career. He has won four championships in a relatively short amount of time and continually shown he is prepared to take on this responsibility. More importantly, he has outstanding ethics and values as a leader of young people and I look forward to watching him continue his success.”
Fox has been named SLC Indoor Coach of the Year each of the past three seasons and added United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor South Central Region Coach of the Year honors to his resume in March and SLC Outdoor Coach of the Year accolades in May. Under his watchful eye, UTSA student-athletes have broken or tied six conference and 47 school records, won 36 league titles and earned eight All-America certificates.
“I’m very excited and grateful to have this opportunity given to me by Lynn Hickey,” Fox said. “We’ve been able to accomplish great things on the men’s side and look to pick up where James Blackwood left off and accomplish great things on the women’s side as well.”
Blackwood, who announced in March his retirement at the end of the season after seven years as head women’s coach, will serve in a contributing role to the department as meet coordinator for all UTSA home cross country and track & field events. Assistant women’s coach Jerry Dyes announced his retirement earlier this summer, while first-year assistant women’s coach Katie Kelley left the program to pursue other career opportunities on June 30.
A national search is underway for two additional assistant coaching positions.