Maryland women's basketball fans have gotten used to seeing Brenda Frese pace the sideline at Comcast Center over the past 11-plus years, and that won’t change anytime soon. Frese, who led the Terps to their lone national title in 2006, has inked a contract extension that will keep her with the program through at least June 2021.
The extension was announced by athletic director Kevin Anderson on Friday afternoon, just hours before the No. 8 Terps (2-0) play host to No. 1 UConn (2-0) at 6 p.m.
Frese could earn up to four additional years, through June 2025, with rollovers. Financial details of the extension weren’t released.
"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to ensure that her passion and vision will enable us to remain as one of the top programs in the country for many years to come,” Anderson said in a statement.
Just the third coach in progam history, Frese has a record of 280-81 (.749) with the Terps. She was named the 2002 Associated Press National Coach of the Year and has led the Maryland to the top four of the Atlantic Coast Conference in six of her past seven years.
Her Maryland teams have reached five Sweet Sixteens and four Elite Eights, along with the 2009 and 2012 ACC titles.
"I'm very grateful to be able to represent one of the top universities in the world and have such longevity," Frese said in a statement. "I've been fortunate to have great players, a terrific staff and an incredibly supportive community. Maryland has been a-dream-come true for me, both professionally and personally. I want it to be that way for all the great people we bring into our program.”
Maryland has also boasted high attendance during Frese’s tenure, setting nine of the conference’s top 10 single-game records and leading the league in attendance six of the past eight years.
"I truly feel like this is the best place in the country to be in so many different ways," Frese said. "There's no place that has a better combination of where to live, where to get a great education and where to have a great basketball experience. "