Texas State University President Denise Trauth and athletic director Larry Teis announced Tuesday that head football coach Brad Wright has signed a three-year contract extension to coach the Bobcats through the 2012 season.
“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,” Dr. Trauth said. “We look forward to continuing success in the years ahead.”
Wright has a 19-16 overall career record at Texas State, and has led the Bobcats to back-to-back NCAA Division I FCS national rankings for the first time in school history during the past two seasons. He also led the school to its first outright conference championship since 1982, first back-to-back winning seasons since 1991-92 and won five Southland Conference games in each of the past two seasons, which is the second and third time the Bobcats have accomplished that feat.
“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.”
Off the field, he coached Nick Clark, who was a 2007 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and Draddy Trophy Finalist, CoSIDA Academic All-American and the Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year. He also coached Travis Houston, a two-time FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star, and Bradley George, the 2009 Southland Conference Student-Athlete of the Year.
“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,” Wright said. “Our staff will continue to be committed to having our student athletes win in the classroom and on the field.”
This past season, Texas State ended the season ranked 25th by The Sports Network and the NCAA Division I FCS Coaches Association with a 7-4 overall record and a third-place finish in the Southland Conference standings with a 5-2 league record.
That came after Texas State advanced to the 2008 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs, was ranked 22nd by The Sports Network and 23rd by the FCS Coaches. The Bobcats ended the year with an 8-5 record after winning their first outright Southland Conference championship with a 5-2 mark.
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.
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,” 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.”