AUSTIN, Texas — Edrick Floreal, a rising star track and field coach who helped build up the Stanford program before turning Kentucky into a national power, will take over the Texas Longhorns track and field program after Mario Sategna was let go earlier this year, confirming Horns247 original report.

“I'm excited about the future of Texas track and field with Edrick at the helm,” said former Longhorns decathlon national champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Trey Hardee.

”I've known him for some time and he's proved he can recruit and develop high-character and world-class men and women. Everywhere he has been, success has followed.

”I have great confidence in both CDC (Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte) and Edrick to elevate Texas track and field to where we all want to see it. This program has and always will have my full support. Hook 'em!”

Floreal just watched his Kentucky women's track team finish fourth at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore., their third podium finish in the past four years. The Kentucky men finished 16th with their best points total at the NCAA outdoor nationals in eight years, led by decathlon national champion Tim Duckworth.

Duckworth became Kentucky's first NCAA decathlon champion and is just the second man to win the NCAA decathlon and indoor heptathlon in the same year, joining world-record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton.

Under Texas interim track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey, the Longhorns' women finished in a tie for 34th at the outdoor nationals, while the Texas men finished in a tie for 25th.

Leading the way for the Kentucky women were three individual national champions: Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (100-meter hurdles) and Sydney McLaughlin (400m hurdles) became the first teammates in history to sweep the women's NCAA hurdles championships, and Olivia Gruver won her second straight gold in the pole vault.

The Kentucky women finished in a top-four at nationals for the fourth time in Floréal's six-year tenure. The Kentucky women also earned an indoor trophy, placing third, earlier this year.

In five years at Kentucky, Floréal built the Wildcats into a national power in track and field. The UK women's team finished as NCAA Runner-up at the 2015 NCAA Championship.

The track world began taking notice of Floréal's accomplishments when he was named head coach of the U.S. men's team for the 2015 IAAF World Championships. There, Team USA won the most medals of any nation, and Floréal coached Joe Kovacs (shot put), Christian Taylor (triple jump American record), Ashton Eaton (decathlon world record) and the 4x400-meter relay winning gold.

Floréal served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic track and field team in 2012, overseeing the men's jumps and combined events, helping athletes capture six medals, including two golds, in London. Under Floreal's direction, Ash­ton Eaton and former Longhorn national champion Trey Hardee went 1-2, capturing the gold and silver medals in the men's decathlon.

Floreal led the Stanford track program for six years, winning the team cross country NCAA Championship in each of his first three years at the helm, with Peter Tegen serving as cross country head coach.

Floreal would take over a Texas program that had been highly successful at the conference level under Sategna but began coming apart from the inside out after a power struggle internally led by then-women's athletic director Chris Plonsky, who wanted Buford-Bailey as the head coach of the Texas track program instead of Sategna. Ultimately, new athletic director Chris Del Conte decided the entire program needed a fresh start and let Sategna go earlier this year.

Floréal graduated from Arkansas in 1990. While a student-athlete for the Razorbacks, he captured five NCAA triple jump titles and four NCAA team championships under head coach John McDonnell. He also competed for Canada at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympic Games in the triple jump. He was 1990 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist in the triple jump.

Floréal is married to LaVonna Martin-Floreal, the 1992 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles. The couple has two children, Edrick Jr., and Mikaielle.