Dan Balaguero, who has been the Men's soccer coach at UTB for the past eight years. He started the team at UTB from scratch. It appears UTPA just last week hired a Men's soccer coach. Previously UTPA did not have a team. My understanding is that the coach at UTPA has been promised the job after the two schools merge. This seems to run contrary to some of the information online that has referred to a presumably objective "UT-RGV Athletic Committee" to make decision about athletics, which among other items, would consist of staffing. Is there a committee to decide who the Men's coach will be? Dan has served the UT system for eight years and I find it highly probably that an objective thinking group would feel that his loyalty and success within the UT system would make him the frontrunner for the Men's soccer job at UT-RGV. The coach hired last week has at best a comparable resume with no ties to the Valley or UT system. In addition, Dan would appear uniquely qualified since he built a team from scratch at one of the merging schools. I understand that there will be many conflicts with the merger due to redundant positions etc, but there was no redundancy for Men's soccer until last week. I'm hoping that the situation has simply slipped through the cracks and still needs to be discussed. I implore you to imagine investing eight years of your life into an institution/career, and having it taken away without cause or reason. Dan is just one person, but it's a life altering decision that I truly believe is being taken lightly. I would like the opportunity to reach out to the UT-RGV athletics to bring attention to this.
The Office of Academic Affairs has charged an independent committee to develop and recommend a plan that brings together The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and The University of Texas at Pan American (UTPA) to create a single NCAA Division I-AAA program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. This committee has no authority over personnel decisions at UTPA. With regard to the selection of the men’s head soccer coach at UTPA, it is the policy of the University to not comment on personnel matters or hiring decisions.
Will the new university offer a doctoral program in psychology? Also, will the school of medicine be hiring psychologist as part of their faculty?
There are no plans to offer a doctorate in Psychology. The medical school may well hire in the field as programs develop, however.