UMBC's best NCAA Division I basketball season earned coach Randy Monroe a six-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, the school announced yesterday.
"The message I get is that Randy Monroe and UMBC go hand-in-hand," Monroe said.
Monroe, 46, produced the school's first America East Conference championship and its first NCAA tournament berth in Division I this season. The Retrievers (24-9) rose after five straight losing seasons.
The program improved in each of Monroe's four seasons as coach after 10 years as an assistant at the school. His career record is 58-64.
"He has done an outstanding job and is deserving of this contract extension," athletics director Charles Brown said in a statement. "He has delivered in a big way and captured the spirit and enthusiasm of the campus to an extent we have never seen before. We hope to continue this momentum and expand upon our current success."
Despite losing three key starters next season, Monroe returns point guard Jay Greene and power forward Darryl Proctor. The Retrievers announced this week they had signed Columbia swingman Chauncey Gilliam to a national letter of intent. Gilliam, 6 feet 2 and 215 pounds, played last season with Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. He previously attended Hammond High.
"Right now, guys have a great deal of pride," Monroe said. "They understand what it's like to be part of a program that's winning. That trickles down."