Track and field head coach Mario Sategna leaves Texas

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Texas track and field coach Mario Satenga will help coach Team USA in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He will assist the nation’s top throwers as well as other members of Team USA.

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Texas track and field head coach Mario Sategna “has separated from the program” in his fifth year as head coach, per a press release from Texas Athletics on Thursday morning. Associate Head Coach Tonja Buford-Bailey will take over as interim head coach immediately.

“After discussing the future of our track and field program, I felt it was best to move forward and head in a new direction at this time,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. “Coach Buford-Bailey has a great deal of experience as a head coach and has been a valuable leader in our program for several years now. We have full confidence in her ability to lead our student-athletes and in assuming the duties of head coach immediately.”

Sategna spent 15 years in total with the Texas program, in which he saw his fair share of success. In 2016, however, Sategna underwent an ethics probe in which he took a four-month leave of absence.