Craig Robinson Agrees In Principle to Two-Year Contract Extension
March 2, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University head men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson has reached an agreement in principle to a two-year contract extension, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Tuesday. The contract ensures Robinson will be on the sidelines for Oregon State through the 2015-2016 season. Terms of the contract will be released in the near future.
“I’d like to thank President Ed Ray and Bob De Carolis for their commitment to me, our program and Oregon State,” Robinson said. “This extension represents a mutual commitment to the future of Oregon State men’s basketball. We will continue to recruit the best student-athletes, invest in our facilities and build a successful team on and off the court. We have ambitious goals and look forward to returning the Oregon State basketball program to prominence.”
In just his second season at Oregon State, Robinson has started a remarkable turnaround that has seen the Beavers win 31 games since his arrival. The 31 wins is the most over a two-year period for Oregon State since the Beavers won a combined 36 games during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons.
In his first season at Oregon State, Robinson led a turnaround that culminated in the Beavers capturing the College Basketball Invitational tournament title with a best-of-three series win over UTEP. With the championship, the Beavers captured the first postseason men's basketball title in school history.
Oregon State finished the season with an 18-18 record and had one of the greatest turnarounds in the nation as the plus-12 win total from the previous year ranked No. 3 in the country. The 18 wins were the most for Oregon State since the 1989-90 season (22) as Robinson was named District IX Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
“Since his arrival, Craig Robinson has done an outstanding job of instilling a work ethic within the program that has allowed our student-athletes to improve on and off the court,” De Carolis said. “He has shown a keen understanding of how to build a program the right way and has already made significant strides in restoring the proud tradition of Oregon State men’s basketball. This new agreement ensures his leadership will be felt for a long time and adds continued stability to the program.”
Robinson and Oregon State return to action on Thursday, March 4, when the Beavers host Washington State at 7:00 p.m. For tickets to the contest, contact the Oregon State ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS or purchase online by visiting www.osubeavers.com.
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