Monmouth University announced on Tuesday that women's basketball head coach Jody Craig has agreed to a three-year contract extention.

"I am thrilled to extend this contract to Coach Craig," said school Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Marilyn McNeil in a press release. "I have always believed in her exceptional coaching skills and she is proving daily that she has the right enthusiasm and strategy to move our program to the elite level in the MAAC."

"I am honored that Monmouth University and Dr. McNeil have given me the opportunity to continue to lead the women's basketball program," said Craig. "I believe that Monmouth provides all the pieces necessary to entice student-athletes to play here and to produce a championship-level program. I look forward to the process of getting us there."

Craig joined the coaching staff in June of 2017 and took over as the program's head coach on December 8 after the Hawks got off to a 2-7. Monmouth finished 10-21 and reached the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament for a fifth consecutive season. With over 20 years of experience coaching on the college level, she has etched a 448-164 record in her prior engagements before landing in West Long Branch.

"Coach Jody has done a great job making our team her own," said senior guard/forward McKinzee Barker. "She's asked us to put our heads down and grind. I think when we look up on the day of our first practice, we will be extremely satisfied with where we are. The team is eager for that day to come, so we can see how our trust in coach's system and the hard work has paid off."

Monmouth tips off its '18-'19 campaign on November 6 at home against Bucknell at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

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