University Hires Head Coach for Women’s Basketball Program

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By University Communications
Friday, 01 05 2024

The University will launch its new basketball program in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Chris MinnerSAN ANTONIO —Texas A&M University-San Antonio has hired Chris Minner to launch its women’s basketball program. Minner comes by way of Texas A&M University-Texarkana. He also has helmed National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) programs at Midway University (KY) and Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), which is also a member of the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).

“I am excited to be joining an up-and-coming athletic department. I am also excited to be returning to a great basketball city in San Antonio; San Antonio is a huge draw,” Minner said. “It will be challenging, but fun, building A&M-San Antonio into a national power in women’s basketball. A&M-San Antonio is an institution clearly on the rise, and I could not be happier with getting to be a part of that trajectory.”

A&M-San Antonio announced in November that it was expanding its sports program with the addition of men’s and women’s basketball as intercollegiate athletic team offerings for the 2024-2025 academic year. The addition of the basketball program is a big step forward for the University, which also carries men’s and women’s soccer, men’s golf and softball. A&M-San Antonio competes within the NAIA as a member of the RRAC.

Minner did not have a complete season with A&M-Texarkana, where he started in August. But at Midway University his overall record was 62-25 with his final season with the Eagles finishing at 23-9, which included a trip to the NAIA national tournament. While at OLLU, Minner had an impressive record of 189-45 and 123-11 in RRAC play. Minner’s overall record as a head coach at any level is 460-178.

A&M-San Antonio Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Darnell Smith, is looking forward to having Minner on staff. “We are focused on building champions in life at A&M-San Antonio, and Chris Minner has a proven record of building champions in life. I really believe we could not have made a better hire. Minner has been hugely successful in the NAIA and the RRAC, and he has roots in San Antonio, which is the cherry on top. We are confident that he will lead our student-athletes in women’s basketball to success on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.”


About Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Established as a stand-alone university in 2009, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is a comprehensive four-year public university that reflects the culturally diverse, heritage-rich community it serves. Situated on nearly 700 acres in South San Antonio, the University offers 39 undergraduate degrees and 23 graduate degrees to about 7,620 students. A&M-San Antonio is home to the Henry G. Cisneros Institute for Emerging Leaders and the Cyber Engineering Technology/Cyber Security Research Center. The University holds the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation and is one of 39 higher education institutions in the U.S. to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification from Excelencia in Education for its support of Latino student success. More than 77 percent of A&M-SA students identify as Hispanic, and approximately 72 percent are the first in their families to attend college. A&M-San Antonio is a military-embracing institution; the University was recently awarded the 2023 Gold Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Award (VEERA) from the Texas Veterans Commission. Visit for more information. #onamission