LOGAN, Utah – Utah State University athletics director Scott Barnes announced Wednesday that women’s basketball coach Raegan Pebley has signed a new contract that will retain her as the Aggies head coach through the 2011 season. Her present contract with its existing terms will be extended by two years.”It was gratifying to watch our women’s basketball team reach new heights under Coach Pebley’s leadership this year,” Barnes said. “Winning her first conference tournament game and having the best league finish and overall finish ever shows good progress. We are excited to have Raegan continue to build our women’s basketball program.”During her six years at Utah State which dates back to the reinstatement of the program for the 2003-04 season, Pebley has shown gradual improvement. Last season, she became the winningest women’s basketball coach in Utah State history when she captured her 56th win in the midst of a four-game winning streak against New Mexico State on Feb. 26. Pebley now holds an overall record of 58-113 (.339).”We have stayed focused on building this program from the ground up and into something we all can be proud of,” Pebley said. “The growth we made this past season is a direct reflection on the program’s alumni as well as the collective commitment from those currently on the team.”The 2008-09 campaign was a breakout season for the Aggies, as they won the most games in a single season under Pebley with a 16-15 record. The Aggies also had their best finish in the Western Athletic Conference since joining the league for the 2005-06 season with a 9-7 record that was tied for fifth. USU went on to win its first-ever WAC Tournament game with an overtime victory against Idaho.”Our staff is excited to coach this team. They are working hard and are focused on continuing their climb towards the top of the WAC. They believe in themselves and in each other. Coaching is such an amazing profession; it blesses us with the unique opportunity to be apart of outstanding people’s lives,” added Pebley.Last season, the Aggies also had their first all-WAC honorees when senior Danyelle Snelgro earned first-team and all-defensive honors, while fellow senior Ana Pares was named to the second-team. USU has also had great success under Pebley off the court with 32 players earning academic all-league honors.A former player for the Utah Starzz of the WNBA, Pebley was an assistant coach for four years at George Mason (1997-99) and Colorado State (1999-2001) before coming to Utah State, as she helped guide CSU to a 48-17 record during her two-year stint with the Rams. She was a four-year letterwinner at Colorado before being a third-round draft pick by the Utah Starzz in 1997. She also spent one season with the Eastern Division Champion Cleveland Rockers in 1998.-USU-
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