Nov. 17, 2011
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University women's basketball coach Larry Tidwell signed a contract extension to keep him at Lamar through the 2013-14 season the university announced Thursday. Terms of the contract were not announced.
"This is something that shows the stability we have developed in this program," Tidwell said. "I'm very appreciative of the loyalty Lamar University has shown to my coaches and me."
Tidwell, who is in his fifth season at Lamar, is 92-41 as head coach of the Lady Cardinals, leading them to the Southland Conference title and a bid in the NCAA Tournament in 2010. Last season, Lamar went 25-8 and qualified for the WNIT. This season, the Lady Cardinals are 2-1, and are coming off of Tuesday's 67-58 victory over Ole Miss, Lamar's first victory over an SEC opponent since 1995.
Tidwell has posted a winning record in each of his first four seasons at Lamar, snapping a string of 12 consecutive seasons of below-.500 basketball for the Lady Cardinals. His 92 career wins are second on Lamar's all-time list, behind the 109 victories posted by Pat Park.
Tidwell has led the Lady Cardinals to three consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins for the first time in program history. His efforts in building the Lamar program have not gone unnoticed. He was named the 2010 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Division I Women's Coach of the Year, and recently served as head coach of the national women's basketball team of the Bahamas at the Caribbean Basketball Championships.
"We're very happy to have Larry Tidwell at Lamar for another three seasons," Interim Athletic Director Jason Henderson said. "He continues to take the program to new heights."