Thursday , Apr , 01 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Feeling golden, Kent State extends Christian

Kent, OH (Sports Network) – Kent State University announced on Wednesday that
men’s head basketball coach Jim Christian has signed a new seven-year contract
with the school.

The deal will keep the 2006 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in Ohio
through the 2012-13 season.

“Jim Christian is one of the most respected basketball coaches in the country
and I am so pleased to have Jim signed at Kent State through 2013,” Kent State
director of athletics Laing Kennedy said. “He represents the quality, energy
and enthusiasm that has led Kent State to be the pre-eminent program in the
MAC and one of the most successful Division I programs in the country.”

Last season, Christian led the Golden Flashes to a 22-8 regular-season record,
including a 15-3 mark in the MAC. KSU also won the MAC Tournament title for
the fourth time in the last eight years while making its first tournament
appearance under Christian.

In his four years at KSU, Christian has compiled a record of 89-40 while
posting at least 20 wins each season.

“I am honored that Laing has offered me a new contract and I look forward to
continuing my coaching career at Kent State,” Christian said. “My goal — as
it has been since the day I arrived at Kent State — is to continue the
tradition our program has developed.”

Before becoming head coach at Kent State before the 2002-03 season, Christian
served as the lead assistant at KSU for one year under current Arkansas head
coach Stan Heath.