Frank Martin, Dawn Staley Agree to New Contracts with South Carolina

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2017

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 02:  A'ja Wilson #22 and head coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks hold the NCAA trophy and celebrates with their team after winning the championship game against the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs of the 2017 NCAA Women's Final Four at American Airlines Center on April 2, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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The South Carolina Gamecocks signed men's basketball coach Frank Marin and women's basketball coach Dawn Staley to contract extensions on Friday, the school announced.

Martin's contract now runs through the 2022-23 season after he received a one-year extension, while Staley's deal is slated to expire following the 2024-25 season after she was rewarded with a four-year extension for leading the Gamecocks to a national title earlier in the month. 

"This contract renewal is demonstrative of Dawn’s role in building our women’s basketball program as one of the best in the nation, one that is built for sustained success," athletic director Ray Tanner said, per the school's release. "Dawn’s leadership role in athletics, as a National Championship coach and the USA Basketball coach, continues to bring a welcomed spotlight to our University."

Martin, meanwhile, led the Gamecocks to a 26-11 season that was capped off by a Cinderella run to the Final Four after his squad emerged from a crowded East Regional, thanks to wins over Duke, Baylor and Florida before they were bounced from the Big Dance in a national semifinal showdown with Gonzaga. 

The 2016-17 campaign also represented a third consecutive season of improvement in the win column for the Gamecocks. After South Carolina won 14 games in each of Martin's first two years at the helm, they made steady progress with 17 victories in Year 3 and 25 in Year 4 before rattling off 26 this past season. 

"I can't express how grateful I am to know the trust and belief that Dr. Pastides, Ray Tanner and the Board of Trustees have in me, our staff and our program," Martin said in the release. "My wife, Anya, our children and myself are ecstatic to continue to call Columbia our home."

 

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