Edrick Floreal, the new University of Texas at Austin track and field coach, left, poses with Chris Del Conte, Texas athletic director, right, at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Austin, TX. AMANDA VOISARD/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Texas interrupts the line of succession at Arizona State as Edrick Floréal completes his coaching staff

Posted July 24th, 2018

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Four days after Devin West joined the Longhorns, Texas track and field coach Edrick Floréal announced the hire of assistant coach Matthew McGee on Tuesday.

Those two hires complete Floréal’s first-ever coaching staff at Texas. Three of UT’s five new assistants hail from the Pac-12, which Floréal once competed as the head coach of Stanford.

Read more: Texas tabs Kentucky’s Edrick Floréal to lead its track and field program

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After spending the past three seasons at Arizona, McGee will coach vertical jumps and combined events in Austin. McGee also coached 10 years at Washington State. During his time at Arizona, his athletes won five conference titles.

“Coach Floréal’s vision for the program is exactly in line with what I’m looking to be a part of,” McGee said in a statement. “As such, performing my role in this vision and being dedicated to supporting bringing it to life, will truly be my pleasure.”

The hire of West is more intriguing. West was named the coach-in-waiting at Arizona State this May, and a plan was set for him to replace longtime coach Greg Kraft in 2020. According to the State Press, West’s salary was $80,000 in 2017. The Texas Tribune’s database of government salaries had the compensation for the track and field assistants in UT’s previous regime ranging from $79,182 to $224,000.

At Texas, West will assist with the coaching of sprints, hurdles and jumps. West spent only one year at Arizona State. His 12-year coaching career features stops at Kennesaw State, Air Force, Texas Tech, Florida State, Miami and Georgia.

Said West: “I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Floréal and the staff at The University of Texas. I have to thank Coach Greg Kraft and Athletic Director Ray Anderson at Arizona State for the opportunities they provided me. This was an extremely difficult decision, but one that I couldn’t pass up.”

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