Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese has agreed to a contract extension through 2017, Athletic Director Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Frese is entering her 10th season and was in the final year of her contract with the Terrapins, whom she directed to the program’s first and only national championship in 2006. Frese was named Associated Press coach of the year in 2002.
Frese said Anderson had approached her last season about getting an extension done but that both parties agreed it was best to wait until the season was over.
“I wanted to get as many years as I could,” Frese said when reached by telephone this afternoon. “I mean my dream and ambition is that I hope I can retire from here. The extension is definitely something that keeps me here at Maryland for a very long time.”
Maryland has gone 221-81 under Frese and has finished in the top four in the ACC four of the past five seasons. The Terrapins won the conference title in 2009.
Frese has been a dogged recruiter as well, with seven of her classes ranked in the top 10 nationally. She’s had four players win ACC rookie of the year, including Alyssa Thomas last season.
The Terrapins also have led the ACC in attendance four of the past six seasons, and eight of the conference’s 10 single-game attendance highs involved her teams.
“Coach Frese has been the driving force in putting Maryland women’s basketball in a position of national prominence during her time here in College Park,” Anderson said in a statement. “Her 2006 national title and consistent top recruiting classes have positioned Maryland women’s basketball for continued success in the future.”