After leading Jacksonville University to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in the program’s history this season, the university signed women’s head coach Yolett McCuin, who’s also the head coach of the Bahamas senior women’s national basketball team, to a new contract on Friday evening.
Although the terms of the deal weren’t disclosed to the public, the school did release that the contract runs through 2020.
“We are ecstatic to have “Coach Yo” leading our women’s basketball program four another four years,” Chief Athletics Director Dr. Donnie Horner said. “She and her staff have created a high performing, championship caliber team that excels in academics, athletics and citizenship.”
With McCuin at the helm of the program the past three years, the JU women’s team has seen steady improvement in each of those years, finishing this season with an impressive 22-10 regular season record, going 11-3 in conference play. They earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament after upsetting Florida Gulf Coast in the A-Sun conference tournament championship game.
“I am incredibly humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to continue to teach, develop and inspire the student-athletes here at Jacksonville University,” said McCuin. “I would like to thank President Cost and Dr. Horner for their commitment and I look forward to building on the success we’ve had thus far.”
Now that they’ve made the tournament, McCuin said they’re not going to rest on their success and will set even bigger goals for the upcoming season.
“My staff and team have completely bought into the culture that we are establishing here, and my family and I are appreciative of the overwhelming support we’ve received from the university and city of Jacksonville,” she added. “Winning the A-Sun championship and creating history was an amazing experience, but it’s only the beginning. I am very proud to be a member of the Dolphin family and I’m excited for our future.”