The University of Texas announced on Wednesday that Illinois women's track and field coach Tonja Buford-Bailey has joined its women's and men's track and field program as associate head coach.
Buford-Bailey, a former Illini sprinter, spent the last five seasons as the head coach of the women's program at her alma mater. She spent 10 years on the Illinois staff and also helped coach men's sprinters.
“It was a tough decision to leave my alma mater,” Buford-Bailey said in a statement released by Texas. “The University of Illinois allowed me to grow as person, athlete and coach. They have been a family to me and I appreciate all the support I’ve received over the years and even during this process.”
Buford-Bailey's athletes at Illinois earned All-America honors 25 times, including six NCAA titles, most recently 2012 and 2013 NCAA 400-meter champion Ashley Spencer.