Canisius signs Zeh to contract extension

Terry Zeh

Terry Zeh

Terry Zeh, the most successful Canisius College women’s basketball coach in the MAAC era, has received a contract extension through the 2012-2013 season.

Gary Parrish wrote an article the other day saying the contract extensions this time of year are simply recruiting ploys.  Don’t believe it.  That may be the case with Jim Calhoun at UConn, Louis Orr at Bowling Green and Ed DeChellis at Penn State – it’s not with Terry Zeh at Canisius.  I’m not even sure if Gary Parrish knows what a ‘Canisius College’ is or if there is such a thing as ‘Women’s Basketball.’

“From the MAAC Championship during his first season to a Division I record 24 wins and WNIT appearance last season, Terry has taken our women’s basketball program to new levels during his five years as head coach,” Canisius Director of Athletics Bill Maher said in making the announcement on Tuesday.

In his five seasons, Zeh has posted .594 winning percentage, the best for Canisius since it went to Division I in women’s athletics in 1986. His record is 92-62, with the 92 wins ranking second in Canisius Division I history. He also has led the Griffs to their only two Division I postseason appearances and a 57-33 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in five years.

Canisius became the first women’s team from Western New York to qualify for the NCAA Tournament when the Golden Griffins won the MAAC in 2005, Zeh’s first season as head coach.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to continue leading the women’s basketball program at Canisius,” Zeh said. “In my 12 years at Canisius, I’ve had great opportunities to work with so many people who are committed to the academic and athletic excellence of our student-athletes. To be able to do that for years to come is an honor.”

Being at Canisius last week for one of Terry’s practices, you can see how the players in his charge buy into his teaching and respect the staff he has assembled.

Zeh, a native of Pittsburgh, is a 1990 St. Bonaventure graduate. Prior to taking over the women’s team in 2005, Zeh was an assistant for seven seasons with the Canisius men’s coaching staff.

Terry and his staff are quality people.  They do things the right way, they care about the student-athlete and each student-athlete’s experience.  It’s great to see loyalty rewarded.

From the Buffalo News

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