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Utah State basketball: Stew Morrill inks 6-year extension with Aggies

Published: Friday, June 10 2011 9:28 a.m. MDT

Utah State coach Stew Morrill, left, complains to an official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Idaho on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, in Moscow, Idaho.

Associated Press

LOGAN — Utah State University director of athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday that basketball coaches Stew Morrill and Raegan Pebley have both signed contract extensions to remain at USU.

"We are delighted that Stew and Raegan will continue leading our programs for many years to come," said Barnes.

Morrill signed a six-year contract keeping him at Utah State through the 2016-2017 season, while Pebley agreed to a five-year extension running through the 2015-16 campaign.

"Two things I've said since I arrived at Utah State is that it's a privilege to coach here and that this will be my last coaching job, and 13 years later I feel stronger than ever about both statements," said Morrill. "I want to thank Scott Barnes and president Stan Albrecht for giving me and our staff the continued security of a long-term contract."

Morrill, the winningest basketball coach in school history, has led Utah State to a 324-103 (.759) record during his 13 years in Logan, including a 167-49 (.773) mark in the Big West and Western Athletic Conferences, and a 25-7 (.781) record in conference tournaments. USU has won six conference tournament championships and seven regular-season titles under Morrill.

During the 2010-11 season, Utah State won its fourth-straight regular season WAC title, advanced to its third-straight NCAA tournament and won its second WAC tournament championship in the last three years. USU ended the season with a 30-4 mark, which is the best record in school history and tied for the most wins ever, while finishing the year ranked 25th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Overall, Morrill has led Utah State to 12 straight 23-win seasons and 12 straight postseason appearances (8-NCAA, 4-NIT), both of which are school records. During the last 13 years, USU owns the fourth-best winning percentage in the nation with a 309-90 (.774) record and is one of just three schools nationally to win 23 or more games each season.

Along with all of its success on the court, Utah State has been just as successful in the classroom under Morrill as nearly 85 percent of his players have received degrees from USU. Morrill also had four players earn academic all-WAC honors in 2011 and Aggie players have earned a total of 25 academic all-conference honors during his 13 years.

"The achievements of our men's basketball program on the court during Stew's 13 years are laudable and rank at the very top in all of Division I. And we are very proud of our academic achievements having graduated 85 percent of our student-athletes during his tenure. I couldn't be happier that Stew will finish his career at Utah State and I know thousands of Aggie alumni and friends share my enthusiasm," Barnes said.

Pebley, who is the winningest women's basketball coach in school history and the reigning WAC coach of the year, led Utah State to its first postseason appearance in 20 years during the 2010-11 season as it advanced to the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) after defeating Pac-10 foe Arizona (103-95) in the first round; its first postseason win since 1977. USU, which also advanced to the semifinals of the WAC tournament for the second time in the last three years in 2011, finished the season with a school record for wins as it notched an 18-15 record.

"President Stan Albrecht, Scott Barnes and our administration's commitment to our program's goals have been catalysts for our recent success and allow us to keep moving forward," said Pebley. "Professionally, we are excited about the future of our program and believe that USU can be the home of a WAC women's basketball championship. Personally, Keith and I love where we live. Our children were born here and we have amazing friends here. Cache Valley is our home."

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