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Towson men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry has agreed to a two-year contract extension, the university announced today.

The deal will extend Skerry’s contract through the 2018-19 season. He is entering his third year as the Tigers’ coach.

“Watching Coach Skerry’s historic turnaround with the Towson men’s basketball program both academically and competitively in the last two years, we are excited to announce this extension,” interim director of athletics Tricia Turley Brandenburg said in a news release. “Pat and his staff have done a tremendous job developing and recruiting the type of student-athletes that are willing to work hard on the court and in the classroom. With the opening of SECU Arena this year, Towson is poised to be an annual contender in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and carry the banner for its alumni and the city of Baltimore. A stable and winning basketball program will only provide more financial security to our department and provide all of our teams the resources needed to be successful.”

The Tigers, coming off a 4-26 season in 2010-11, finished 1-31 in Skerry’s first year at Towson (2011-12). In his second year, Skerry guided the Tigers to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history with an 18-13 record.

“I came here to Towson to build a basketball program that would represent this institution both athletically and academically and make our fans and alumni proud,” Skerry said in a news release. “Our hard work and dedication as players and coaches is paying off and now we step into SECU Arena, one of the best facilities anywhere on the east coast.

“We would not be primed for greatness if it was not for the support of our President Maravene Loeschke and our athletics administration over the last two years. I also want to thank our interim Director of Athletics Tricia Turley Brandenburg for her time and persistence negotiating this contract extension. There has never been a better time to be a Tiger.”

Towson returns four starters: power forward Jerrelle Benimon, point guard Junior Hairston, shooting guard Mike Burwell and small forward Marcus Damas. The Tigers open the 2013-14 season Nov. 8 vs. Navy at the new SECU Arena.

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