Oct. 8, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced on Friday that the contract of head women's basketball coach Joe Legerski has been extended. Legerski is set to begin his eighth year with the program entering the 2010-11 season. The contract is effective immediately and runs through the 2014-15 season.
"Coach Legerski and his staff have done a fantastic job of building this program from the ground up, and it's exciting to know that with this extension of his contract the future of Cowgirl Basketball will continue to be a bright future," said Tom Burman, University of Wyoming Athletics Director. "Since Joe took over our women's basketball program, he has taken it to unprecedented heights and multiple postseason appearances, including a WNIT National Championship and our school's first NCAA Tournament appearance. On top of all the success he has brought to our program, the bond that has developed between the Wyoming people and Cowgirl Basketball has been phenomenal. That, too, is a tribute to Joe and his entire coaching staff."
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 136-81 at Wyoming, and 63-45 in Mountain West play. During his time, the Cowgirls have been successful in the classroom as well. He has coached 47 Academic All-MWC student-athletes, while 34 have been named MWC-Scholar Athletes.
"I appreciate the support of President Buchanan and Athletics Director Tom Burman in extending my contract," said head coach Joe Legerski. "The past seven years have seen tremendous success, both on and off the court, by the Wyoming women's basketball program and hopefully we can continue to compete at the highest level in a difficult Mountain West Conference."
Under his guidance in 2009-10, the Cowgirls recorded another 20-win season finishing with a 21-12 overall record. It's the fourth time out of the last five seasons that a Wyoming team has recorded 20-wins or more, along with their sixth consecutive winning season. His teams have played in postseason a record number of times as well. They have played beyond the regular season in four of his seven years, which includes the last four of five.
During the 2006-07 campaign, it was a magical year for Legerski and the Cowgirls as they won the WNIT Postseason Championship over the Wisconsin Badgers. Wyoming went 6-0 enroute to the championship. They completed the season with a program best 27-9 record, which eclipsed the 24-8 mark set in 1989-90, and the 11-5 record and second place finish in the league standings were the second most wins in both the MWC and school history. It was the also the first time in school history that a Cowgirl team had won at least 20 games in back-to-back seasons, along with being invited to post season play.
In 2007-08, they started off with an 18-1 record, which was the best start in school history, and tied for the best in the MWC as well. With 24 wins, they recorded their third straight 20-win season, which had never been done in the programs' history, and with a 12-4 mark in conference play it also was the most conference wins breaking the 11 wins set the year before. Their play helped them earn the Cowgirl programs' first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in school history, they were also ranked among the Top 25 teams in the country by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Division I Coaches' Poll. Their highest ranking was 15th in the AP (1/28/08) and 16th in the Coaches' Poll (1/29/08).
With a victory over Denver (11/14/08), he would reach his 100th career victory, the fastest head coach to achieve that mark in school history.
Wyoming will begin the year with one exhibition game on Nov. 2 against Colorado Christian before opening the regular season against the Denver Pioneers on Friday, Nov. 12, in Laramie.