Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese can add a year to her contract for every season between 2014 and 2017 when the Terrapins reach the NCAA tournament and achieves the cut score in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, according to a copy of her contract extension obtained through an open records request. Frese’s contract term runs through 2017.
The two-page contract amendment, which is dated Aug. 19 and was announced by the school Aug. 30 as “multi-year” extension, does not change the financial terms of the contract of a coach who led Maryland to the 2006 national championship. Based on her 2007 deal with the school, Frese earned more than $775,000 in guaranteed compensation last season.
Frese’s old deal went through 2013. The addition of four years, plus the possibility of adding an extra year in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, are the only changes to her contract.
The annual extension clause —- which requires both an NCAA appearance and an APR score of 925 —- is essentially identical to one ex-Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams had in his final contract. New men’s coach Mark Turgeon does not have such a clause in his deal.
The Terps have scored no worse than 944 in the APR since it was established in 2004-05. The program’s lowest score over the last four years is 964 —- well above the cut score.
Frese is 221-81 (.732) with seven NCAA tournament appearances in nine seasons at Maryland. The Terps reached the regional finals in 2008 and 2009 in addition to its national title run, and won the ACC tournament in 2009.
In 12 seasons overall (including stops at Ball State and Minnesota), Frese is 278-111 (.715) with eight NCAA tournament appearances.
Maryland, which is ranked No. 11 in the country, opens its season Friday against Loyola at Comcast Center.
—- Patrick Stevens