The sidelines at Tulane’s Devlin Fieldhouse will look familiar for the foreseeable future.
The Green Wave announced that both men’s basketball coach Ed Conroy and women’s basketball coach Lisa Stockton received contract extensions Friday afternoon. Conroy’s deal now runs until the 2016-17 season which Stockton’s contract will last through the 2018-19 campaign.
The move to secure Conroy’s future at Tulane — who compiled a 65-65 record in his four-year tenure — was publicly desired by Athletic Director Rick Dickson last month when asked about the future of the program. It’s a move Conroy said displays the faith Tulane’s administration has in the long-term future of his program.
“I’m excited to be at Tulane,” Conroy said. “I plan to be here a long time, and I appreciate the fact they can see what we are building with the program and that they understand what it takes to build something that’s going to last. They can see the pieces being put in place.”
Conroy recently finished his fourth season at the school, resulting in a 17-17 record (8-8 in Conference USA), which ended in a first-round loss to Princeton in the CBI. After consecutive losing seasons to start his tenure, including identical 3-13 records against C-USA foes, Conroy’s team posted a 20-15 (6-10) season in 2012-13 but lost six possible returning players, including its two best — point guard Ricky Tarrant and forward Josh Davis — to transfer in the offseason.
However, Dickson said he believed the program bounced back last year, earning the school’s best conference record since 2006-07, gaining the faith of the Tulane administration.
“I think they saw we were on the verge of a breakthrough a year ago and had some unfortunate changes to our roster, but we were still able to come back and get a team to the postseason,” Conroy said. “Our consistency is being built, but soon we want to increase that level of success. But, we are just going to keep building toward that.”
Conroy came to Tulane in the wake of Dave Dickerson’s forced resignation in 2010, after posting a 36-29 record at The Citadel in his final two seasons, following a 13-47 start to his tenure.
Stockton compiled a 416-204 record over her 20 years at Tulane. It includes last season’s 20-11 (11-5) which ended in the WNIT, marking the program’s fifth consecutive postseason bid (including an NCAA tournament appearance in 2010).
“With our new and updated facilities, increased television exposure and elevated game schedule,” Stockton said. “I truly believe that our women’s basketball program will rise to new heights.”
The extension will send Stockton into her third conference with the Green Wave, starting with the Metro in 1994-95, then moving to C-USA before venturing in the AAC next year.
“Lisa continues to set a standard of excellence as she enters her 21st season at the helm of our women’s basketball program,” Dickson said. “As we move into elevated competition next season in the American Athletic Conference, I have no doubt Lisa will once again have her program competing for a conference title and postseason play.”