July 9, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola College President Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students Dr. Susan Donovan today announced that Greyhounds Men's Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Patsos has received an extension of his contract. Details of the extension were not announced.
"We are pleased that Jimmy has agreed to stay with us at Loyola and continue the progress that he has shown with the program during his four years thus far," Father Linnane stated. "The excitement he has generated has energized our student body and made an impact throughout the college community."
Dr. Donovan added, "Jimmy Patsos has created an unprecedented enthusiasm for our men's basketball program that has united our community. We are pleased that he will continue his commitment to the Loyola family, especially our students, and our many friends and supporters."
Since taking over a program that won just one victory the year prior to his arrival and beginning the rebuilding process with six wins that first season, Patsos has led the Greyhounds to a 52-40 record over the last three seasons, equaling the best three-year run in school history in 35 years. Included in that stretch were the school's first back-to-back MAAC Semifinal appearances and consecutive seasons setting the Loyola Division I mark for victories.
"I am honored with the trust that Father Linnane and Dr. Donovan have shown with the direction we have taken the program by rewarding me with this extension," Patsos said. "We have been able to show improvement each season and are looking forward to the next stage in our continued growth."
The 20th men's basketball coach in Loyola men's basketball history, Patsos' 58 wins in just four seasons is already sixth all-time and his winning percentage is fifth among coaches with similar service at the College. Last year's 19 wins bettered the mark of 18 Division I wins established the season prior and the 37 wins over the two seasons is the best two-year mark in school history since the 1954-55 (18) and 1955-56 (19) campaigns. His 24 MAAC wins in those two seasons are more than any previous Greyhounds coach was able to amass during their Loyola careers.
A 1989 graduate of Catholic University, Patsos came to Loyola after 13 seasons as an assistant to Gary Williams at Maryland, serving on the staff that reached consecutive Final Fours and won the 2002 National Championship. The Terrapins reached 11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments during his stay which concluded with the 2004 ACC Tournament title.