JONESBORO, Ark. (3/14/13) – Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir announced Thursday that an agreement has been reached with head women’s basketball coach Brian Boyer for a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.
Boyer, who just completed his 14th year as head coach, led the Red Wolves to a 15-15 overall record, a second-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference West Division and the quarterfinals of the league Tournament. A-State won seven straight games during the month of the January, which tied the sixth longest streak in school history, and finished league play with 12 wins, the second most since ASU joined the SBC in 1991.
Boyer is the all-time winningest head coach in the history of ASU basketball with 226 career victories and is tied for the third most wins all-time in Sun Belt Conference play with 123. The Red Wolves have finished with a winning record seven times under Boyer and the team won at least 10 SBC games for the sixth time under Boyer’s direction in 2012-13.
“Based on my evaluation this year and with the growth the team displayed and the returning cast of players and incoming recruits, Coach Boyer deserves an extension,” Mohajir said. “His dedication to Arkansas State and the community are second to none, and we are looking forward to the future of our women’s basketball program under his continued leadership.”
During his time as head coach at Arkansas State, Boyer has directed the Red Wolves to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, he is a two-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and he led ASU to the 2003-04 Sun Belt Conference East Division championship. All-Conference honors have been earned by ASU players 23 times during Boyer's 14 seasons, and the Red Wolves boast a home winning percentage of .763 over the last 10 seasons.
“I am excited about the direction our athletic department is headed under Terry Mohajir, and I also feel great about how our women’s basketball program fits within that plan,” Boyer said. “I realize how fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to coach at Arkansas State for as long as I have and I never have and never will take that for granted. I have always taken great pride in not just leading a basketball team here at Arkansas State, but instead running a total program. Our program is based on excelling in the classroom, recruiting quality people, being extremely active in the community and marketing our program to build on our fan base.”
The A-State women’s basketball team is currently continuing to practice in preparation for a possible invitation to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The field of 64 teams will be announced Monday evening after the final selections for the NCAA Tournament are made. The program has also decided that it would decline an invitation to the Women’s Basketball Invitational tournament if an offer were extended to play in the tournament.