After matching the school record with 20 wins last season, William and Mary women’s basketball coach Ed Swanson was awarded a five-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday.
Swanson’s new deal will take him through the 2021-22 season. He is 58-63 in four seasons with W&M, but the Tribe went 20-11 last year.
“It’s always great when the place you want to be wants you,” Swanson said. “I think we have a high ceiling in women’s basketball and I think we’re at the tip of the iceberg.
“We have a great culture right now and we’re recruiting players who are a great fit for William and Mary. I want to continue this process.”
Financial terms of the deal were not released.
Last year, the Tribe won 20 games for only the second time in the program’s history. The only other time came in 1993-94 under Debbie Taylor.
W&M is picked third in the Colonial Athletic Association this season.
“I am committed to seeing our women's basketball team compete for championships,” W&M athletic director Samantha Huge said in a release. “It all starts with having outstanding leadership, and Ed has established a strong foundation for our program.”
W&M was coming off six consecutive losing seasons when Swanson was hired in 2013. His first team finished 8-21, but his next two went 15-16 and 15-15.
Last year’s breakthrough season included a 62-53 win at James Madison in the next-to-last game of the regular season. The Tribe advanced to the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2001.
Swanson also appreciates being able to tell recruits he has a long-term contract.
“Kids want to know the coach that’s recruiting them is going to be the coach who’s going to coach them,” he said. “I get asked the question, ‘Well, how long are you going to be here, Coach?’ All my conversations with recruits with parents, this is the place I want to be.”
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