After leading the Mississippi State women’s basketball team to one of its most successful seasons, Vic Schaefer has been rewarded with a four-year contract extension.
The reigning Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year guided the Bulldogs to a school-record 27 wins, 11 SEC victories and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. The program won 18 straight games to start the year, finished third in the conference and also set new attendance benchmarks for both a single game and season.
“I am very honored and humbled to be the head coach at Mississippi State University, and I appreciate very much the trust and confidence (MSU director of athletics) Scott (Stricklin) has shown in my staff and me in leading our women’s basketball program,” Schaefer said. “Our teams have been fun to coach and watch, and I believe the future is very bright for our program. Holly and I feel very blessed be part of this great community here in Starkville, and we truly believe the best is yet to come.”
Schaefer’s salary will be $625,000 next year and averages $662,500 annually plus incentives.
Schaefer sports a 62-38 overall record and a 21-27 SEC mark during his three seasons in Starkville. He has guided MSU to the WNIT quarterfinals, a Preseason WNIT title and one NCAA Tournament appearance.
Schaefer has ascended to 62 victories and 21 league wins faster than any coach in program history.
“Vic does a phenomenal job overseeing every aspect of Mississippi State’s women’s basketball program,” Stricklin said. “His ability to teach, mentor and recruit is special. And he has engaged the Bulldog Family in a manner that has produced heightened interest and record-setting attendance for women’s basketball.
“We are so proud to have Vic Schaefer at Mississippi State, and look forward seeing our women’s basketball program continue to compete at the highest level under his leadership.”