The University of Texas athletic department recently appointed former Longhorns assistant football coach Hardee McCrary to the newly created role of high school relations director.
McCrary’s focus will be to build and maintain relationships with high school coaches and administrators and serve as a contact point with the Texas athletic department, according to a press release. McCrary will schedule practice visits, oversee Texas’ annual high school football coaches clinic and build relationships with high school coaches as allowable within NCAA rules.
“I’m extremely excited and proud to be working with (Texas men’s athletic director) Mike Perrin, (football) coach (Charlie) Strong, all of our sports programs and the entire athletic department in this effort to provide a resource to high school coaches,” McCrary said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be able to be an ambassador to the high schools for this great university and athletic department.”
McCrary coached the defensive ends under then-head coach Mack Brown at Texas from 1998 to 2003, part of a 30-year coaching career at the high school and college level. He will continue to work with the Longhorn Foundation, where he has spent the past 11 years as associate director of development.
“As I have spoken to groups of alums, fans and others, the question has arisen: How do you stay in touch with high school coaches? A new position seemed appropriate, and Hardee is ideal for it,” Perrin said in a statement. “I’ve known him for a long time, and his personality, relationships and expertise are absolutely perfect for this position.”
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