On Tuesday, Marquette announced a contract extension for head women’s basketball Carolyn Kieger. Her contract now runs through the 2022-23 season.
Congrats to @ckieger on officially signing a contract extension through 2022-23. #WeAreMarquette https://t.co/Dwqqa3zzjI pic.twitter.com/5dmgmKNDzx— Marquette WBB (@MarquetteWBB) April 11, 2017
Marquette has a record of 48-46 under Kieger’s guidance, with the three victories needed to win the 2017 Big East tournament pushing Kieger over .500 for her career. After a rough first season where the Golden Eagles went 9-22, things got even more difficult for Kieger as the roster was decimated by both the end of eligibility and transfer. Left with just two returning reserve players, Kieger guided the youngest team in Division 1 to a 14-16 record overall capped off by a 9-9 record in Big East action.
In year three, the foundation laid in year two with Big East Freshman of the Year Allazia Blockton and her classmates paid off with an undefeated record against ranked opponents, a 25-8 overall record, a third place finish in the Big East, a Big East tournament championship, and the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2011.
You can see why athletic director Bill Scholl and president Michael Lovell were on board with extending Kieger’s contract for three years past her original deal.
Marquette returns all but one player from the 2016-17 roster for next season and will add two high quality freshmen in Wisconsin native Myriama Smith-Traore and New York native Selena Lott.