Barta Announces Contract Extension for Legerski

March 24, 2006


University of Wyoming Athletics Director Gary Barta has announced a contract extension for Cowgirl basketball coach Joe Legerski that will run through 2011.

"Joe Legerski has done an amazing job in his three seasons as our head women's basketball coach," said Barta. "It's so exciting to see the people of Wyoming get behind these coaches and these student-athletes. He's doing it the right way and building a foundation that gives us a chance to succeed over the long haul.

"With the base salary, his additional incentives and the annuity we've put together a very competitive package," he continued. "I look forward to working with Coach Legerski and his staff for many years to come."

Barta said that the extension will include a salary increase effective July 1, 2006. The exact salary increase will be determined when the athletics department finalizes its budget for the coming fiscal year. Legerski's current base salary is $104,000. The contract includes additional compensation incentives such as team academic achievement, ticket sales, and competitive achievement and an annuity incentive of $100,000 if he stays the entire term of his contract. Outside income possibilities such as speaking engagements and radio-television packages also are included in the contract.

Legerski, 48, is in his third year with the Cowgirls. A native of Rock Springs, he was named head coach on May 1, 2003, to become the sixth head coach in Cowgirl history. He is 48-38 at Wyoming, and 23-21 in Mountain West play.

In his first season, he guided the Cowgirls to an 11-18 record overall and a 6-8 mark in the Mountain West Conference. His first edition is the only Cowgirl team in school history to win either a Western Athletic or Mountain West Conference post-season tournament game. Two Cowgirls also garnered All-Conference awards as he earned MWC Coach of the Year honors in his first year with the program.

In 2004-05, he helped the Cowgirls to a 16-12 overall mark, along with a 7-7 record and a fourth place finish in the MWC. It was the best finish for a Cowgirl team since the 2002-03 season, and the highest they'd finished in conference play since 1996-97. They swept BYU for the first time since 1994-95 and earned a 72-67 win over the Colorado Buffaloes which snapped a 13-game losing streak. Three Cowgirls earned All-MWC awards including Ashley Elliott who earned First Team All-MWC honors for the second year in a row.

This season, the Cowgirls completed the year 21-9 overall, while finishing 10-6 overall in the Mountain West Conference. They made an appearance in the WNIT for only the third time in school history. The 21 wins is the most since the 1989-90 season when they went 24-8 and the 10 conference victories ties an all-time school record which was set in 1978-79. Three Cowgirls garnered All-Conference honors along with taking the Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards.