Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Posted: 11:55 a.m.
Temple University's women's basketball coach Tonya Cardoza has reached an agreement on a new long-term contract that will keep the coach with the Owls until 2016, Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw announced.
In three seasons with the Owls, Cardoza led the team to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Second Round in each of the past two seasons. The 2011 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year has also won the Big 5 title twice in her tenure.
"Tonya Cardozas performance has been exceptional in her three seasons here, and we are very pleased to be able to reach this new agreement that will keep her in charge of our most visible women's program for the next five years," Bradshaw said.
The former Connecticut assistant coach owns a 70-28 record at Temple, and her .714 winning percentage is the highest among Temple women's basketball coaches in the modern era. In 2008-09 Cardoza led the Owls to 21, and was a finalist for the national rookie coach of the year award. She then followed that with 25 wins in 2009-10 which tied for the second-most in the history of the program, and 24 victories in 2010-11.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity to continue to build upon where we already are here at Temple," Cardoza said. "There are so many things I love about the city of Philadelphia, and the University has been nothing but supportive to our program. I look forward to our upcoming season."
Five of Cardoza's players have earned all-Atlantic 10 accolades with Kristen McCarthy (2010) and Shey Peddy (2011) garnering first team honors. McCarthy (2010) and Peddy (2011) were named the Big 5 Player of the Year in each of the past two seasons as Cardoza has had five players named to the first team (two being repeat performers) and eight players total recognized as all-Big 5.
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