Red Wolves reach agreement on contract extension with Brian Boyer

JONESBORO, Ark. (3/14/11) – Arkansas State Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee announced Monday that an agreement has been reached with head women's basketball coach Brian Boyer to extend his contract through the 2012-13 season.

Boyer, who recently completed his 12th year as head coach, led the Red Wolves to an 18-14 overall record this season, reaching the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.  The Red Wolves won seven of their last nine games, knocking off SBC-West division champ UALR and SBC-East division winner Middle Tennessee State during that span.

Boyer became the winningest head coach in the history of ASU basketball when the Red Wolves closed out the regular season with a 54-51 victory over UALR, giving him 197 career wins, one ahead of former women's head coach Jerry Ann Winters.  Arkansas State added victories over Florida Atlantic and MTSU during the Sun Belt Conference Tournament to bring his career total to 199.

With nine conference victories during the 2010-11 season, Boyer is now tied for fourth-place in career Sun Belt Conference wins with former Western Kentucky head coach Paul Sanderford with 105 victories.

"We are very proud of how strong the team finished at the end of the season with six consecutive wins, two of which were over the division champions," said Lee.  "And becoming Arkansas State's winningest basketball coach is a testament to the consistent competitive product that he puts on the floor each year."

"Coach Boyer has always been a man of character and represents Arkansas State very well in so many aspects," added Lee. "And he, along with his staff and team are very active in the community."

During his time as head coach at Arkansas State, Boyer has directed the Red Wolves to the Women's National Invitation Tournament four times, he is a two-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year and he led ASU to the 2003-04 Sun Belt Conference East Division championship.  All-Conference honors have been earned by ASU players 21 times during Boyer's 12 seasons and the Red Wolves boast a home winning percentage of .747 over the last seven seasons.

"I am happy with the progress we made this year after the 2009-10 season dipped below the standards we have set for our program," said Boyer.  "We certainly finished strong, and when you look back we were not far off from being back in post season play. I am proud of how our program has represented this community and University in the past but I am still extremely motivated to accomplish bigger and better things in the future."