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A New Direction and New Beginning for Texas Track and Field: Coach Mario Sategna

Mario Sategna, Isaac Murphy talking

Head Track & Field coach Mario Sategna talks to decathlete Isaac Murphy during the 2013 Texas Relays (photo by Patrick Meredith/Univ. of Texas)

When coach Bubba Thornton announced his retirement as Texas Men's Track and Field coach after 18 seasons, the University of Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds did not have to look far to choose the right person to replace him. On Thursday, Mario Sategna was promoted to head coach of the newly-formed men's and women's Track and Field program.

Coach Sategna just finished coaching at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, but was eager to get started as the new head coach at Texas.

"It's been known for a long time that the University of Texas is always where I've wanted to be," coach Sategna said.

Sategna has spent the last 10 seasons as the associate head coach of the

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