Women's Basketball Coach Judy Spoelstra Receives Contract Extension

Aug. 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's basketball coach Judy Spoelstra has received a contract extension. Prior to the departure of Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart, the eighth-year head coach signed a five-year deal that runs through 2007.

'I'm extremely happy with the progress of our program and the direction we're headed toward a Pac-10 Championship,' said Spoelstra. 'We have established ourselves the last three years as being in the top half of the conference and have been highly competitive with some of the top teams in the country.'

Spoelstra has guided the Beavers to back-to-back postseason appearances in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. OSU finished the 2001-02 season with a 17-15 overall record and 11-7 Pacific-10 Conference mark - the program's best record since 1996.

'With our recent success, the women's basketball program is headed in a positive direction,' said Interim Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis. 'This contract extension shows that the administration is committed to Coach Spoelstra and her goals to be successful on and off the court for future years.'

A former Oregon State student-athlete, Spoelstra has a record of 95-105 in seven years in Corvallis and an overall record of 193-173 in 13 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 29 league victories over the last three years. The women's basketball team has also excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.15 GPA during spring team of the 2001-02 academic year and placing three players on the Pac-10 All-Academic squad.

'The players in our program have shown tremendous commitment to achieve success - academically with a combined 3.15 GPA after spring quarter, and on the court by staying and working out all summer.'

Oregon State begins the 2002-03 season on November 7 with an exhibition game against Basketball Travelers.

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