Texas Men's Track and Field head coach Bubba Thornton announced his intent to retire at the end of the summer on Monday afternoon. His retirement will go into effect on August 31. Thornton just finished his 18th year as head coach at Texas and 32nd year as a head track and field coach.
This past season, Thornton lead the Longhorns to Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Titles and concluded with a sixth place NCAA Outdoor Championships finish. During his career, Thornton amassed 12 conference championships and 19 NCAA Top 10 finishes. Thornton was also named the Head Coach of Team USA's 2008 Olympic Men's team.
With the departure, the Texas Athletic Department will combine the women's and men's programs at Texas into one program.
"My decision to retire this year was made easier by the work this staff and team have put in," Thornton commented. "They have a tremendous foundation for great success next year...I'm as proud of this team as any that I have coached."