Coach Curl gets contract
Cougar Sports Services
UH Director of Athletics Dave Maggard announced
May 8 that Lady Cougar basketball head coach Joe Curl was given an extension
Curl's new contract will run through 2007
and his base salary was increased to $120,000 — $16,000 more than Curl's
"We needed to reward Joe on his outstanding
accomplishment in rebuilding our women's basketball program," Maggard said.
"Our desire is to
stabilize and increase the continuity
of the women's basketball program, and this extension provides us with
this needed stability."
Curl agrees that the extension will bring
much needed stability to the Lady Cougar basketball program.
"I really feel strongly about the UH community
as a whole," Curl said. "It is important to our fans and administrators
that someone wants to be
here, and I certainly do."
In the past season, Curl led the Lady Cougars
to a 26-8 record, and the team was the runner-up in the Women's National
Houston defeated Rice and Miami (Fla.)
at home, and eliminated Valparaiso and Virginia Tech on the road.
Unfortunately, Houston lost to Oregon in
the final game of the tournament in Eugene, Ore., but aside from the loss,
the Lady Cougars had a
Houston's 26 wins matched the most ever
wins in school history, and the Lady Cougars' .765 winning percentage is
the best that the school
has ever seen.
"We are moving in the right direction.
When I go into a home to recruit a potential student-athlete, that player
knows that I'm going to be here for
a while," Curl said. "I care about that,
and in the long run (the extension and its positive effects) will take
this program to the next level."
Before the arrival of Curl as head coach,
the Lady Cougar basketball program was a mess. Houston had not seen back-to-back
seasons since the early 1990's, and had
suffered six straight losing seasons prior to Curl's first season in 1998-99.
Although it took Curl some time to build
the Lady Cougar program into what it is today, the fruits of his labor
are now apparent. His first two
seasons were marked with struggle with
the team recording two more losing seasons between 1998-00.
The Lady Cougars went 5-22 and 7-21, respectively
during Curl's first two seasons, but in the 2000-01 season, the Lady Cougars
the limelight with a 19-13 record — their
first winning record since the 1991-92 season.
Houston ended the regular season at No.
2 in Conference USA, and advanced in the semifinals in the C-USA tournament
eliminated the team.
Curl's overall coaching record improved
to 195-164 after the Lady Cougars' success in 2001-02, and his record at
Houston now stands at
Cougar fans should be able to expect continued
success from Curl's team.