Ritchie McKay and Judy Spoelstra Receive Contract Extensions

June 26, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University men's basketball head coach Ritchie McKay and women's basketball head coach Judy Spoelstra have received contract extensions, it was announced Tuesday by Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart. Both coaches are now operating with five-year contracts, McKay's worth $290,000 and Spoelstra's $155,000, with each having matching base salaries.

'I feel very comfortable that Coach McKay and Coach Spoelstra are working toward bringing their respective programs back to their traditional levels,' Barnhart said. 'This action shows that the administration is committed to both coaches and their goals to be successful on and off the court for future years.'

McKay will be in his second year when fall practice begins in mid-October. The Beavers posted a 10-20 overall mark last season with a severely depleted roster due to injuries. A total of seven newcomers will join the program for the 2001-2002 season, including a nationally ranked recruiting class. McKay has an overall coaching mark of 71-72, which includes two-year stints at Portland State University and Colorado State University.

'I'm very thankful for the faith and commitment that Dr. Risser and Mitch Barnhart have in me,' McKay said. 'I want to reiterate how honored I feel to be the coach at an institution with a rich basketball tradition and the stature of Oregon State University.'

Spoelstra guided her program to its first postseason appearance since 1996, the National Invitation Tournament, and an overall mark of 16-13 last season. The former OSU student-athlete has a record of 78-90 in six years in Corvallis and an overall record of 176-158 in 12 years as a head coach. She came to OSU after six seasons at Montana State University. Spoelstra, who was the 2000 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year, has guided her team to 18 league victories over the last two years. Her team also excelled in the classroom during the recently completed academic year, posting a 2.91 cumulative GPA, including 3.03 in spring term.

'We have been very competitive in the conference, particularly the last two seasons, and I'm pleased the university has shown the confidence in myself and the staff to continue to work toward a Pac-10 title,' Spoelstra said.

McKay had four years remaining on his original contract, while Spoelstra had two.

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