The East Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a two-year contract extension and a $27,000 annual raise for Sharon Baldwin-Tener, head coach of the ECU women’s basketball team. The contract modification extends Baldwin-Tener’s contract until April 1, 2012, and increases her salary to $142,000 per year.
“Sharon is building a rock-solid foundation for our women's basketball program which continues to show progress every year,” East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland said. “The Conference USA championship and the chance to play national runner-up Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament clearly shows the long term potential of her building strategy.”
Baldwin-Tener is entering her sixth season at the helm of the women's basketball program after taking over the top position in April of 2002. She is currently the longest-tenured coach since Cathy Andruzzi guided the Lady Pirates for six seasons beginning in 1978.
Baldwin-Tener has directed the women's basketball program to unprecedented heights during her five years as head coach, taking a squad that had won only six games the season prior to her arrival to five straight Conference USA Tournaments, and ultimately, the team’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 25 years last March.
After leading the Lady Pirates to a 17-12 finish in 2005-06, she followed with a 19-14 campaign last season – East Carolina’s highest victory total since 1991-92 – that culminated with the program’s first-ever Conference USA Tournament title and subsequent automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. She also coached ECU to a school-record 11 league victories and directed a 10-game winning streak during the latter stages of the season, which ranked as the nation’s fourth-longest at the time.
“I would like to thank Chancellor Ballard and Coach Holland for their commitment and support for our program,” Baldwin-Tener said. “We are all very excited about the future of the program and look forward to continuing what we have started for many years to come. I would like to thank my assistants for all of their hard work and dedication, and the support of the Pirate Nation.”
During her five-year tenure, she has compiled a 72-74 record at East Carolina and has built a 141-101 mark in nine years as a collegiate head coach.