Tuesday , Mar , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Mihalich agrees to new deal with Niagara

Niagara Falls, NY (Sports Network) – Niagara men’s basketball coach Joe
Mihalich has been rewarded with a new contract after leading the Purple Eagles
to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons.

Terms of the renegotiated multi-year deal were not disclosed.

“Keeping Joe Mihalich as men’s basketball coach was a huge priority for us,”
said Niagara athletic director Ed McLaughlin in a release. “We have made sure
that coach Mihalich will continue to lead our program to success for many
years to come.”

Mihalich has spent nine years at Niagara and has guided the program to a
record of 160-113, including a 23-12 mark this past season. The Purple Eagles
posted a 77-69 victory over Florida A&M in the opening round of the NCAA
Tournament before a 107-67 setback to Kansas in the first round.

“I am deeply grateful to Fr. [Joseph L.] Levesque, Ed McLaughlin and Niagara
University for all they do for Niagara basketball and for me and my family,”
said Mihalich. “I am extremely excited about the future of our program and
have never felt more passionate about this job and the university I am so
privileged to represent.”

Mihalich has earned MAAC Coach of the Year honors twice while at Niagara.