State Extends, Upgrades Schaefer Contract

Lady Bulldog basketball produced a record-setting season this winter. So it’s only fair their coach be rewarded accordingly.

Vic Schaefer has received the expected contract extension, Mississippi State announced today. The third-year Bulldog coach’s deal starts over for 2015-16 and a full four-year run. He will receive $625,000 for 2015-16 and the contract will average $662,500 over its complete length. There are incentives built into the deal as well.

“I am very honored and humbled to be the head coach at Mississippi State University,” Schaefer said in a provided statement. “And I appreciate very much the trust Scott (Stricklin) has shown in my staff and me in leading our women’s basketball program.”

“Vic does a phenomenal job overseeing every aspect of Mississippi State’s women’s basketball program,” athletic director Stricklin said. “His ability to teach, mentor, and recruit is special. And he has engaged the Bulldog family in a manner that has produced heightened interest and record-setting attendance.”

Mississippi State scored a school-record victories in its 27-7 season, which ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs also set a conference success standard with a 11-5 record and third-place league finish. State has been ranked in the top-twenty in all final 2015 polls, with a highest rating of #12 by AP.

Schaefer was voted SEC Coach of the Year as a result, and was a semifinalist for Naismith Coach of the Year. The Bulldog program has now produced consecutive twenty-win seasons for only the second time.

“Our teams have been fun to coach and watch, and I believe the future is very bright for our program,” Schaefer said. “And we truly believe the best is yet to come.”

The 2015-16 Bulldogs will miss big parts of the starting lineup and rotation, with the graduations of center Martha Alwal, guard Kendra Grant, and more. But Schaefer has some all-conference-caliber players to rebuild around too, with rising SEC star Victoria Vivians(14.9ppg), tone-setter and defensive ace guard Dominique Dillingham (5.7ppg, 69 steals), point guard Morgan William (9.1ppg, 123 assists), forward Breanna Richardson(8.4ppg, 5.7rpg), and more.

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