Sharon Baldwin-Tener Receives Contract Extension
July 26, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina University Board of Trustees approved a two-year contract extension and a $15,000 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, 2010, and increases her salary to $115,000 a year.
"Coach Baldwin-Tener has made remarkable progress in re-building our women's basketball program as evidenced by the best record in 14 years during the 2005-06 season," East Carolina Athletics Director Terry Holland said. "The 17-12 record last season also included a number of close losses that will become wins as this young team matures.
"To give you an idea of how young this team was - freshmen played over 60 percent of the minutes last season and four of the five leading scorers were freshmen," Holland added. "This contract extension reflects the confidence that everyone feels about the future of our program under Coach Baldwin-Tener both on and off the court. Her teams play an exciting brand of basketball and represent ECU well in everything they do."
Baldwin-Tener is entering her fifth 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 Pat Pierson guided the Lady Pirates for five seasons beginning in 1987.
Baldwin-Tener has resurrected the women's basketball program in her four years as head coach, taking a team that had won only six games the season prior to her arrival to four straight Conference USA Tournaments. Last season, she led the Lady Pirates to a 17-12 record, the team's best finish since the 1991-92 campaign. She also coached ECU to the school's first-ever Conference USA Tournament win with its 47-46 victory over UAB.
During her four-year tenure, she has compiled a 53-60 record at East Carolina and has built a 122-87 mark in eight years as a collegiate head coach.