CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Athletics has signed head women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick to a four-year extension, Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby announced today. The deal will keep Chadwick at the Island University through the 2018-19 season.
"The progress our women's basketball team has made the last two seasons is easy to see," Lazenby said. "Coach Chadwick and his staff have done a remarkable job in improving the program through their coaching, recruiting and off-court leadership. I believe the jump they made this past year was just the first step in our program's ascent in the Southland Conference."
The Islanders posted the biggest regular-season turnaround in the nation in 2013-14, finishing with 18 wins just a year removed from a four-win campaign in 2012-13. In the prior three years combined, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had posted just 15 wins in total. The Islanders posted an 11-7 record in conference action, finishing in a tie for fourth place.
"I'm very excited to be a part of the Islanders Athletics family," Chadwick said. "Our program has a chance to do some impressive things, and I can't wait to see just how high Islanders Women's Basketball can climb in the future. I'd like to thank Scott Lazenby, Dr. Killebrew and Dr. Hill for showing their confidence in our staff to oversee the program for the long haul."
Following the season, Chadwick earned Southland Coach of the Year honors, his second time winning the award. He previously garnered the honor in 1997 while at the helm of Stephen F. Austin. He became the first coach in Islanders history to earn the honor, and is the only coach to have picked up Southland Coach of the Year at two different conference institutions.
The team played its best basketball at the end of the season, winning its final eight regular-season conference games to surge from the outside of the playoffs into the No. 6 seed in the league tournament. Included in that were a buzzer-beating victory over then first-place Central Arkansas and a victory over Nicholls that saw the Islanders overcome a 19-point deficit.
Additionally, Jasmine Shaw became the first player in school history to be named Southland Newcomer of the Year, and Brittany Mbamalu set a new school record with 81 made three-pointers on the season. Both players were recruited to the Island University by Chadwick and his staff.
The Islanders have already signed five players for the 2014-15 season, and figure to have one of the top recruiting classes in the region again this year. A&M-Corpus Christi's incoming class for last year was tops in the Southland and 86th nationally.