Former Hogs coach Gary Blair to retire after season

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Gary Blair, who coached Arkansas to five women’s basketball NCAA Tournament appearances including the Final Four in 1998, announced he will retire at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Blair is the current coach at Texas A&M, where he has been the head man since 2003-04. Blair won the national championship with the Aggies in 2011 and has taken them to 14 straight NCAA Tournaments.

Before his stint in College Station, Blair coached the Razorbacks from 1993-94 to 2002-03. He was 198-120 overall and 54-75 in SEC play.

In the 1997-98 season, the Razorbacks entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed. They beat Hawaii in the first round, then No. 16 seed Harvard (which had upset No. 1 Stanford) in the second. Blair and the Hogs beat No. 5 Kansas by 16 in the Sweet 16 and No. 2 Duke by five in the Elite Eight.

Blair began his head coaching career at Stephen F. Austin in 1992.