A successful year and a complete turnaround of every aspect of the program have landed Toledo basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk a contract extension through 2021.
The deal was announced Tuesday. Toledo went 27-7 and shared the MAC title this season, losing to co-champion Western Michigan in the conference tournament championship game. Toledo was ineligible for postseason play in 2012-13 as part of the program’s final punishment for not meeting NCAA academic progress rate standards.
"Tod established our basketball program as one of the top mid-major programs in the country this past year, and we are extremely excited as we look forward to a bright future," Toledo athletic directer Mike O’Brien said in a statement. "Tod and his staff have steadily improved our program throughout his tenure culminated by a share of the MAC regular-season title and a school record 27 victories in 2013-14. Even more impressive is the team’s performance in the classroom, as displayed by their 3.0 team GPA last fall. We’re pleased to extend Tod’s contract through the 2020-21 season."
Kowalczyk, 47, took over at Toledo four years ago last month after eight years as head coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay. Toledo went 4-28 in his first season but has had three straight winning seasons since, going 61-37 in that three-year span.
"I’m very appreciative to President Lloyd Jacobs and Mike O’Brien for the tremendous support they have provided to our program as well as the confidence they are displaying in me with this contract extension," Kowalczyk said.