For Immediate Release: March 15, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: (607) 777-6478

Conover receives three-year contract extention

The University of Binghamton has announced that head women's basketball coach Rich Conover, who was recently named the America East Conference Coach of the Year, has received a three-year contract extention which will run through the 2006-07 season.

In his first full season at the helm of the Bearcats' program, Conover led the team to a 17-10 record, including a 12-6 mark in the America East Conference. Binghamton tied for second in the conference with Boston and received the No. 2 seed in last week's America East Conference Tournament. The Bearcats finished 10-17 last season.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to continue coaching at Binghamton," Conover said. "I appreciate the vote of confidence from President DeFleur and (Athletic Director) Joel Thirer. We had a great season and it's our hope to build on our success over the next couple of years. I also appreciate the efforts of our players and staff."

"Rich has shown this season that he is a very good coach," Thirer said. "We are confident that he will lead our team to future success as well."

Conover, who was an assistant coach from 1999-03, took over the head job for 16 games during the 2002-03 campaign when then head coach Laurie Kelly was on maternity leave. His record at Binghamton stands at 24-19.


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