By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
April 9, 2012
After guiding the St. Bonaventure University Bonnies women’s basketball team to the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth and being named the ESPN and Atlantic 10 coach of year, Jim Crowley received a long-term contract extension from athletic director Steve Watson on this day.
Crowley had previously signed an extension in June 2011 through the 2016-17 season.
“We are pleased to have Jim remain at St. Bonaventure,” Watson said. “This extension represents our commitment to him and likewise him to us. Jim has built a program which represents our university well on the court, on campus, in the classroom and in the community. We anticipate continued success under his guidance and leadership.”
A Binghamton-area native, Crowley helped the Bonnies to the Sweet 16 with a 31-4 record; even though Bonaventure had been predicted to finish sixth in the conference.
“I’m honored the university has made this commitment to our program, staff and to me,” Crowley said. “We are all very excited about the future of our program, and this certainly adds to our enthusiasm. The campus and local communities are very special places and I’m thankful that I will be able to continue coaching here.”
The Bonnies also won the A-10 regular-season title with a perfect 14-0 mark. It became the second-smallest school to reach the Sweet Sixteen (Cheyney State, 1980s), and among active Division I members it is the smallest ever to reach that round. Over the last four years, Crowley has led SBU to a 98-37 record, including four postseason trips.
Crowley and his staff had a tough rebuilding year in 2012-13 after losing four seniors. But it appears the foundation has been laid for future success.