Marquette University and men's basketball coach Tom Crean have reached an agreement on a contract extension through the 2016-2017, it was announced today. Per university policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
"Marquette is proud to have attracted and to be able to retain a coach of Tom Crean's quality. Tom reflects the values of our university – in excellence, leadership and service – not only through the basketball program but in who he is and in how he contributes to both the university and the community," said Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J.
"Since his arrival at Marquette, Tom has earned the respect of everyone with whom he has worked. He has generated student excitement, built a strong contingent of young Marquette fans through his basketball camps, rekindled alumni excitement and, of course, coached to win. We are thrilled that Tom and his wife Joani want to remain part of the Marquette family for years to come," said Marquette Senior Vice President Greg Kliebhan.
In seven seasons at Marquette, Crean has led the Golden Eagles to an average of 20 wins, a conference championship, six postseason appearances, including the 2003 Final Four, the program's third trip all-time but first since 1977. Last season, he guided a young and relatively inexperienced team to the NCAA Tournament and top four finish in the Big East Conference despite being picked 12th in the preseason coaches poll. He has an overall record of 141-76 (.650) at Marquette.
"It has always been an honor and a privilege for us to be at Marquette University. We are thankful for the opportunity to work at a first class institution with top-rate administrators, faculty and staff, a student body that is second to none, and high quality student-athletes. Our family has loved being a part of this community and look forward to this for many years to come," said Crean.
Crean's passion and commitment on the court has paid dividends off of it. Since arriving in 1999, the program has drawn nearly 1.6 million fans and the nine largest crowds all-time, including a state of Wisconsin college basketball record 19,007 for the Golden Eagles game against Pittsburgh on February 20, 2006.
"Marquette University and Tom Crean have been and always will be about commitment and relationships. His commitment to our community has always been first and foremost. This agreement not only rewards a very successful past but provides great hope for the future. This has been and will continue to be a very successful and rewarding partnership," said Director of Athletics Bill Cords.
Crean is a two-time recipient of the Ray Meyer Conference USA, NABC District XI and USBWA District V Coach of the Year awards, and in 2003 won the Coach Clair Bee Award as well as being named a finalist for the Naismith National Coach of the Year Award. His 141 victories rank third all-time at the school.
Crean, 40, was named the 15th head coach in Marquette basketball history on March 30, 1999.