Aug. 11, 2014
Hilbert signs new contract with Colorado State
Williams' contract extended through 2018-19 season
Colorado State University, McElwain sign new five-year contract
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - In a move that solidifies the leadership of three of its major sport programs, Colorado State University today announced new long-term contracts for volleyball head coach Tom Hilbert, women's basketball coach Ryun Williams and football coach Jim McElwain.
The new pacts reflect several months of work by senior athletics department leadership to maintain continuity and reward the accomplishments of those coaches and their programs, said Interim Athletic Director John Morris. Combined with the Fall 2013 signing of men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy to a new contract, CSU Athletics has secured long-term coaching commitments in its four most visible athletic programs.
This announcement comes after President Tony Frank, who provided final approval of all contracts, briefed the members of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors on the matter at their regular meeting in Pueblo last week.
"This is about securing a bright and very competitive future for CSU Athletics," Frank said. "The collective effort that went into negotiating and delivering these contract extensions is a signal of our commitment to the success of our student athletes, academically and athletically, and to delivering competitive excellence for Rams fans. That success cannot be achieved without the right leaders in place, and in these coaches we have leaders who share that commitment, which is why it was so important to keep them here."
Hilbert guided the volleyball team to its fifth consecutive Mountain West title last season and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the 19th consecutive season on the strength of a school-record .933 winning percentage. Williams was named Mountain West Coach of the Year after directing his women's basketball team to a 25-8 record and its first regular season MW title since 2002-03. McElwain capped his second season at Colorado State with a trip to the New Mexico Bowl, where the Rams defeated Washington State 48-45 in dramatic fashion. His eight-win season was the most seen by a Rams team since 2002.
The announcement of the new contracts reflects the momentum and excitement that continue to build around Rams athletics, Morris said. "I speak for the entire athletic department when I say we are excited about the future together and appreciate the enormous support President Frank and the administration have given us."
COMMENTS FROM THE COACHES:
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to be the head football coach at Colorado State University, and feel very honored that Dr. Frank has the confidence in me to reward me with this new contract. My family and I sincerely appreciate the way the people of Fort Collins and the state of Colorado, and all of the great Rams fans, have welcomed us and made this home for us."
"We have an administration that is serious about taking Colorado State to the next level, and people who believe that volleyball is a major part of what we're doing here within athletics. President Tony Frank and the senior administration are committed to the sport of volleyball and our entire athletics program, and that's a great environment to work in."
"I am humbled and honored to receive this new contract. Colorado State University is a place my family and I believe in very much and want to be for a long time. I want to thank President Tony Frank for his faith and commitment in what we are building here. There is still much more work to be done, but there is no better place to believe in and serve than Colorado State."
For details on the contracts, contact Athletics Media Relations Director Paul Kirk at 970-491-4672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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