Towson's Kennedy gets 3-year extension

The Baltimore Sun

Towson University has given men's basketball coach Pat Kennedy a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2010-11 season, the school announced yesterday.

The Tigers' 15-17 record this season marked their most victories in 11 years.

"Obviously we're very excited about it. I think it's a great step for the university and obviously for ourselves cause it's the next step in building these programs," Kennedy said. "It's been a wonderful experience for us and a real positive step for the university as well.

"I always look at these things as a two-way street. I just think these programs have tremendous potential and our job is to bring it out."

Kennedy just completed his third year at Towson, where his teams went 6-23 and 12-16 in his first two seasons. Kennedy has coached 27 seasons in Division I, totaling 449 victories, among the top 25 for active coaches. He has been head coach at Iona, Florida State, DePaul and Montana.

"We're excited about the job he's doing and we wanted to make a statement to keep him around," athletic director Mike Hermann said.

Coppin State women -- The Lady Eagles will meet St. Joseph's in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Thursday in Philadelphia. The game time is expected to be announced today. The winner will advance to face South Florida in the second round.

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