Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro announced today that he is extending Head Coach Kermit Davis' contract through the 2013-14 men's basketball season.
Davis, the third all-time winningest coach in school history, recently completed his eighth season at Middle Tennessee where he guided the Blue Raiders to a Sun Belt Conference championship. The Leakesville, Miss., native owns a career overall record of 274-184 and is 137-109 at Middle Tennessee.
"There are a lot of positives surrounding our men's basketball program, including our improved APR, a regular season championship, an upgraded home schedule, and a group of talented newcomers," said Massaro. "We had a tough evaluation period last year but a lot has been met since then with a good recruiting class and another one on the way. Kermit has also done an excellent job academically and his community outreach is always strong.
"It is important this program gets to the NCAA Tournament and in my view the best way for us to accomplish that is with Kermit Davis. Continuity with what he has recently put in place is the best and quickest way for us to accomplish our goals. There are still areas for improvement as a league and an institution and together we will be active in addressing those needs."
Davis, named the CollegeInsider.com Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year this season, will enter the 2010-11 campaign as the fifth winningest coach in Sun Belt Conference history in terms of league games.
"We are very appreciative of the support and confidence Dr. McPhee and Chris Massaro has shown in our basketball program," said Kermit Davis. "We took another big step this year by sharing the East Division and Regular Season Sun Belt Championship and the first postseason appearance in 21 years.
"Betty and I absolutely love the community of Murfreesboro and have thoroughly enjoyed watching Ally and Claire grow-up in one of the finest places in America!
"We are very excited about the future of Middle Tennessee basketball and look forward to next year's team with a strong nucleus coming back to go with an outstanding recruiting class!"