Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced today that Aggie women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke’s contract will not be renewed.
“I appreciate the job Bobby has done here at Texas A&M,” Byrne said. “But I feel it is time to go in a new direction.”
This past season the Aggies finished 15-9 overall, 7-4 and in a tie for fourth place in the Big 12 Conference and are currently ranked No. 31 in the latest ITA rankings.
Kleinecke served as the women’s head coach for 26 years at Texas A&M and posted an overall record of 417-272 (.605). His inaugural season of 1986 the Aggies won the Southwest Conference championship and finished ranked No. 15. The Aggies posted at least 20 wins in six seasons with a school-record 24-8 season mark in 2004 and A&M finished in a tie for No. 16 in the final polls. The Aggies shared the Big 12 regular-season title in 2003 and won the Big 12 Championship Tournament in 2004. The Aggies have reached the NCAA playoffs the past 12 years, but only advanced past the second round once (2004) in that time frame.
Byrne announced a national search will begin immediately.
STATEMENT FROM BOBBY KLEINECKE:
“I want to thank Lynn Hickey and John David Crow for giving me an incredible opportunity 26 years ago. I am very proud of the accomplishments that my teams have put in the record books over the years, but I am more proud of the people that I recruited to represent Texas A&M for a lifetime. I have always tried to do everything the right way. My family has sacrificed a great deal over the years and I have missed a lot of my kids growing up with all the traveling the job entails. I plan on enjoying the time with my family and celebrate the graduation of my youngest from high school this weekend. I am looking forward to a new door opening up in the near future.”