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January 26th, 2010
Texas State signs Wright to three-year extension

012610wrightTexas State head football coach Brad Wright.

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After just a bit of nail biting, Texas State has signed head football coach Brad Wright to a three-year contract extension, which keeps him on the Bobcats sideline through the 2012 season.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available, though an announcement from the university said Wright’s contract includes an increase in base pay, along with eight different performance-base incentives ranging from winning each game to winning a national championship.

“We are very proud of the accomplishments of the Texas State football program and our student athletes on the field and in the classroom under the leadership of Coach Wright and his staff,” Texas State President Denise Trauth said. “We look forward to continuing success in the years ahead.”

The university also recently extended the contracts of head men’s basketball coach, Doug Davalos, head baseball coach Ty Harrington, head softball coach Ricci Woodard, and head volleyball coach, Karen Chisum.

“These coaches have proven they are committed to winning both on and off the floor,” Texas State athletic director Larry Teis said. “In today’s environment, the NCAA has made the academic mission first, and the coaches have all bought into this philosophy. They are great ambassadors for Texas State.”

Wright is 19-16 in his three years since taking over for David Bailiff, who departed for the head job at Rice in 2007 after leading Texas State to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) semifinals in 2005. Under Wright, the Bobcats finished 8-5 with a playoff appearance in 2008, then 7-4 in 2009, marking the school’s first back-to-back winning seasons in football since 1990-91.

With a final ranking of No. 25 in 2009, the Bobcats have finished ranked in Division I twice in a row for the first time ever. In 2008, the Bobcats also won their first outright Southland Conference championship, which was its first outright league title since 1982.

Wright turned down a one-year extension before the 2009 season, hoping to hook a longer deal. Going to the final game of the 2009 season, Wright expressed frustration in the media about lack of progress in contract negotiations. Teis and Wright later put out statements indicating that they would work out a deal.

“We are very pleased with Brad’s performance the past three years,” Teis said. “He has continued to graduate student-athletes, brought discipline to our football program and won football games.”

Said Wright, “I would like to thank our president, Dr. Denise Trauth, our athletic director, Dr. Larry Teis and the president’s cabinet for their vote of confidence by renewing my contract. Our staff will continue to be committed to having our student athletes win in the classroom and on the field.”

Texas State also ended the 2009 campaign having won seven straight SLC road games, which is the second highest total among current league members. The Bobcats set school records for the most road wins as a NCAA Division I FCS member with five in 2008, and has produced a 1,000-yard rusher, 2,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard receiver in two of the last three seasons. It is the only two times in school history that the Bobcats have accomplished that feat.

During the offseason, the Bobcats lost a key member of their football staff when offensive co-coordinator Travis Bush moved on to work for Texas-San Antonio and head coach Larry Coker. UTSA doesn’t begin playing games until 2011. Bush is the son of former San Marcos High School football coach Bruce Bush.

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