Maryland extends Weller deal by a year Women's coach had 20th winning season

March 05, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Maryland women's basketball coach Chris Weller received a one-year contract extension through next season, the university said in a release yesterday.

Weller had her 20th winning season for Maryland with a schedule among the 10 toughest in America. Maryland has a 15-13 record and is on the bubble for a postseason berth. The Terps have wins over three Top 25 teams this season. Weller has a 447-221 record in 23 seasons at College Park.

"There were a number of considerations going into the decision," said Danita DeHaney, the university's senior associate athletic director. "She has had a very long and successful career. We feel that her success will continue."

Weller has won eight ACC titles and reached three Final Fours. However, much of that glory does not include the past five years. The Terps were 72-68 during that stretch, with a 33-47 ACC record.

The past two seasons have included turmoil. Last season ended xTC in near mutiny, as a group of players wrote to the athletic department with their complaints.

This season began with star player Kalisa Davis suspended for the first three games after being charged with punching and breaking the nose of teammate Sonia Chase in a Cole Field House locker room. (Davis is awaiting trial. There have been two postponements over the past two weeks.)

Still, Weller said in a release issued by the university: "I'm very proud of how this year's team handled the challenges of the season and allowed us to develop the impetus to move our program back into the highly competitive status it usually holds.

"I'm also extremely pleased with the support of this administration, and am very much looking forward to integrating our new class of recruits with the returnees and building on the successful foundation of Maryland women's basketball."

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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