(WICHITA, Kan.) — Wichita State University men's basketball head coach Gregg Marshall has agreed to an extension of his contract that now includes a seven-year rolling term appointment that recognizes his success and how important he is to the Shockers continuing excellence, Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced today.
"I am extremely pleased to be extending Gregg Marshall's contract through 2018 with an automatic one-year rollover each year," Sexton said. "He is an excellent coach and mentor. He represents Wichita State University and the Wichita community with the highest integrity. Our men's basketball program is in great hands. I believe Coach Marshall has and will continue to coach Wichita State to be a national contender, and I want him to be here for a long time doing just that. His teams are fun to watch, win games and graduate student-athletes, while his leadership gave WSU fans the pleasure of celebrating the 2011 NIT Championship.
"In addition to the success on the court, Coach Marshall's teams are role models in the community, with the many hours of service that included the visit to Wesley Medical Center and participation in the Valley's "Just Read" program. Also, Coach Marshall's teams have had successes in the classroom, exemplified by the nine players on the Fall, 2010, AD's Honor Roll, which parlayed into the best semester GPA since 2002."
Marshall coached the Shockers to a school-record 29 wins in 2011, and a record the last two years of 54-18. Through four years at Wichita State, he is 82-55, while his 13-year career record is 276-138. Marshall has also had the Shockers in postseason play the last three seasons with the CBI in 2009 and the NIT in 2010 and 2011, the latter which ended with five-straight wins and the NIT Title in New York City.
"I appreciate the leadership of Wichita State University President Dr. Donald Beggs, as well as Athletic Director Dr. Eric Sexton and his staff, for their continued commitment and support, as well as their belief that I am the guy to lead their program," Marshall said. "I am indebted to my staff and players for helping us to achieve a championship this year and their continued efforts to make us a program we can all be proud of on and off the court. My family and I (because of the aforementioned reasons) feel this is a great place for us. The community support and the people I interact with on a daily basis make this a special place."
Marshall had contact from several BCS schools and at least one offer during the spring.