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Maryland extends coach Brenda Frese through 2026-27


Maryland has reached a contract extension with women’s basketball head coach and reigning National Coach of the Year Brenda Frese.

Effective starting this month, Frese’s new contract runs through the 2026-27 season and includes an additional one-year extension for the 2027-28 season.

In 17 of Frese’s 19 seasons at Maryland, the Terrapins have advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including three Final Fours, six Elite Eights and nine Sweet 16s. In 2006, her fourth season at the helm, the team won the NCAA championship. Maryland has been dominant at the conference level as well, winning six of seven Big Ten championships since joining the league in 2014.

Frese won her 500th game at Maryland this past season, making her the winningest coach in program history with a record of 512-131 (.796). She earned her fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, with previous wins coming in 2002 (with Minnesota), 2015 and 2019. Frese also was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN, the Associated Press and The Athletic, becoming one of four coaches to win AP Coach of the Year more than once. The others are Geno Auriemma (UConn), Kim Mulkey (LSU) and Muffet McGraw (formerly Notre Dame).

Frese’s Maryland teams have a graduation rate of 100 percent and 16 of her players have been drafted into the WNBA, including WNBA champions Kristi Toliver and Tianna Hawkins.

It’s been reported that Frese’s base salary will start at $1.4 million.

“Coach Frese’s teams have shown unprecedented success in the Big Ten and have sustained success among the nation’s best,” Maryland athletics director Damon Evans said in a release. “Her program is a model for many because the student-athletes she brings to Maryland are simply the best of the best. We wanted to make sure she is leading our Terrapins for many years to come.”

“I am honored and humbled to have led this program the past 19 years and am so proud of the national power we have rebuilt and sustained,” Frese said. “I am looking forward to what lies ahead in the future and making some more Maryland magic.”