Maine extends coach’s contract

Maine has extended basketball coach Ted Woodward’s contract

through the 2015 season.

The school announced the extension Thursday, saying Woodward was

rewarded for the progress the team has made on the court in the

past two seasons and for his high graduation rate.

Woodward, in his eighth season as the Black Bears’ head coach,

has a 97-125 record, including a 5-4 mark this season. The program

has shown progress the last two seasons, with top three finishes in

America East play and marquee victories over Big Ten and Atlantic

Coast Conference opponents. He has also graduated 20 of 21 seniors

during his tenure.

Before coming to Maine as an assistant in 1996, Woodward was an

assistant at Connecticut and Central Connecticut.