Aug. 5, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips announced today that seven Wildcats head coaches have received contract extensions entering the 2013-14 athletic season.
"We have a tremendous group of head coaches whose leadership of their programs has raised the bar on our standard of competing for championships on and off the field," said Phillips. "We are excited to ensure these coaches continue to lead our student-athletes here at Northwestern in the coming years."
Each of these seven contract extensions will be announced in the coming weeks on NUsports.com. All of these coaches have collectively led their NU programs to Big Ten titles, postseason berths, historic seasons and outstanding records in both the classroom and the community.
Northwestern is coming off a 2012-13 season that saw 11 of its programs reach postseason play while five teams combined for four conference crowns and an individual Big Ten championship. NU earned nine coach, player or rookie of the year awards and racked up 203 Academic All-Big Ten accolades -- the third-straight year NU has been over 200 such honors.
Earlier this summer, Northwestern ranked third nationally when 14 of its 19 varsity programs earned NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards, good for a 74 percent rate. All told, 15 Wildcats teams had perfect 1,000 scores in the most recent year of data.
In prior years, Phillips extended the contracts of head football coach Pat Fitzgerald through 2020, head men's soccer coach Tim Lenahan through 2015 and head women's lacrosse coach Kelly Amonte Hiller through 2015. Fitzgerald's Wildcats are coming off a 10-win season and a Gator Bowl victory over SEC foe Mississippi State while Lenahan's program won its second-straight Big Ten title in 2012 and Amonte Hiller's teams have won seven of the last nine NCAA titles.
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