Maryland has extended the contract of athletic director Debbie Yow for two years through 2004, the university announced yesterday.
"Debbie Yow is doing a terrific job managing one of the most complex and most successful athletic programs in the nation," said Maryland president C. D. Mote Jr.
"She has excelled in fiscal management, competitive results and in compliance. More importantly, she has excelled as a leader, ensuring that we can take great pride in all the coaches and athletes who represent the University of Maryland."
According to Maryland, since Yow arrived in 1994, the athletic department has eliminated a $7 million debt and balanced the department's $25 million budget each year.
For the past two years, 12 of Maryland's 24 teams were ranked in the Top 25. Maryland teams have won five consecutive national titles in women's lacrosse and seven ACC tournament titles in various sports the past five years.
Graduation rates for all athletes have been higher than those for the overall student body for three of the past five years.
"I am proud that Dr. Mote is pleased with the direction our program is headed," Yow said. "We have accomplished a lot, but there is much yet to be done. Our staff, coaches and Terrapin Club members will continue to work together to meet athletic department goals and advance the program. Terrapin athletics has a bright future."