Texas head track coach Mario Sategna has requested and been granted an “indefinite” leave of absence by the university, a school official told the American-Statesman on Monday.
No other details were given. There is no timetable for his return.
“We can’t say anything further,” a school spokesman said.
Tonja Buford-Bailey, who coaches the Longhorn sprinters, hurdlers and relay runners, and field events assistant Ty Sevin were named interim acting co-head coaches in Sategna’s absence.
Sategna did not reply to a message left for him.
Sategna has been hugely successful in his three seasons as head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Texas swept the men’s and women’s Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the second straight year in May. It was the first time in Big 12 history that a school swept those titles in back to back years.
Under Sategna, Texas also swept the men’s and women’s Big 12 Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2015. The women won again in 2016, but the men were second, losing by a 1.5 point margin to Oklahoma State (130-128.5).
He has led the Longhorns to six individual NCAA titles and served as the throwing assistant coach for Team USA at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where former Longhorns Ryan Crouser and Michelle Carter both won gold in the shot put.