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Bryant coach Tim O’Shea gets a well-earned extension

Tim O'Shea

Bryant head coach Tim O’Shea reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 97-54. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


In his fifth season at the helm of the Bryant Bulldogs, Tim O’Shea orchestrated one of the most impressive turnarounds in college basketballs history. After winning just one game in 2011-2012, the Bulldogs finished 2012-2013 with 19 wins.

And as you might expect, it was enough to earn O’Shea a contract extension. He’ll be at Bryant through 2020.

“Coach O’Shea has done a remarkable job in guiding our men’s basketball program through the difficult transition to Division I,” said university president Ronald K. Machtley. “To have a winning season and qualify for the postseason in our first year of eligibility, speaks volumes for the type of experienced leader coach O’Shea brings to our program. As a recruiter, Tim brings high quality student-athletes to our campus who represent our institution in a first-class manner both in the classroom and on the court.”

“I am grateful to President Ron Machtley and Director of Athletics Bill Smith for the vote of confidence this extension represents,” said O’Shea. “Working together with my outstanding staff, I look forward building upon the growth and progress achieved by our team season.”

Bryant, who finished 12-6 in the NEC last season, good enough for second place, might be in line for an even better year in 2013-2014, as they return two all-conference players in Alex Francis and Dyami Starks.

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