Fritz receives contract extension

Athletics Tim Weiser announced Thursday that women's volleyball coach Suzie Fritz has agreed to a new multi-year contract, securing the services of the two-time (2002 and 2003) Big 12 Coach of the Year through the 2009 season.

The new five-year deal is retroactive to January 1, 2004, extends to December 31, 2009 and replaces the three-year contract extension Fritz signed in January of 2003. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

"Suzie has done a tremendous job at Kansas State in her three years on the job and has successfully continued the process of building our program into a national power," said Weiser. "To continue that relationship with a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year who led our program to our first ever conference championship warrants this investment in the future."

Fritz, who enters her fourth season as head coach of the Wildcats, has compiled a 71-22 overall record and a 49-11 mark in Big 12 play in three seasons. Fritz was the fastest coach in K-State history to reach 70 wins (91 matches) and currently has the highest winning percentage in Kansas State history (.763) among coaches.

"I am proud to be a part of the growing tradition associated with Kansas State athletics," Fritz said. "It means a great deal to me that Tim Weiser and Dr. Jon Wefald have given my staff and me this vote of confidence. The loyalty and support that we enjoy from the university, our administration, our community and our fans is what sets Kansas State apart from the rest. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the wonderful student-athletes on our team in the years to come and hope to continue to build a program that K-Stater's can take pride in."

One of the nation's youngest head coaches at 31, Fritz led the Wildcats to their first-ever conference title, longest winning streak in school history (16), most conference wins in a season (18) and most wins since beginning NCAA play (30) during the 2003 season.

The Wildcats set 14 team records in 2003 and, individually, claimed the program's first-ever first team All-American in Lauren Goehring and first team Academic All-American in Cari Jensen. In 2003, Fritz also became the first head coach in K-State volleyball history to be named Big 12 Coach of the Year for two straight years and became the first to be named All-Central Region Coach of the Year.

Fritz was named the program's permanent head coach on October 11, 2001, after guiding the team to a 9-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Big 12 play, as the team's interim coach. Prior to being named interim coach, she served four years as the program's top assistant, helping guide the Wildcats to an 82-43 (.656) record from 1997-2000 and four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

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