July 20, 2006
BALTIMORE, Md. - After guiding Loyola College to its first winning season in 12 years, Greyhound head men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos has been given a two-year contract extension, it has been announced by Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan.
As a result of the extension, Patsos' contract will run through the 2010-2011 season. Per College policy, financial terms of the extension were not disclosed.
"We're extremely pleased with what Coach Patsos, his staff and the players have done over the last two years," Boylan said. "It's been an extraordinary turnaround and has generated excitement and enthusiasm throughout the Loyola community. We're looking forward to working with Coach Patsos for many more years."
Patsos, who became the Greyhounds' 20th head coach on April 1, 2004, guided Loyola to its first winning season in 12 years during the 2005-2006 campaign as the Greyhounds earned a 15-13 record, which included eight conference wins. As a team, the Greyhounds ended this past season ranked 27th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 76.9 points per game.
"I would like to thank Father Linnane and Mr. Boylan for this opportunity," Patsos said. "We all share the same passion in wanting to build the program. It's going to take time for me and our staff, but with the extra time, we can make this program even better."
A 1989 graduate of Catholic University of America, Patsos spent 13 years as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland, College Park before his current tenure at Loyola. "Gary Williams taught me that it's best to stay at a school and get it to the highest level and I want to continue to build the basketball program here at Loyola the way we did at Maryland," Patsos said. "There's nothing more important than having the time to do it the right way."
The Greyhounds will open the season on November 10 against the United States Naval Academy in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at St. John's University.