ETTRICK, Va.-Virginia State University has announced that Trojans' head men's basketball coach Lonnie Blow, Jr. has signed a contract extension through 2021.
Blow came to VSU in 2013 following a stint at St. Augustine's University. During his three seasons as head coach, the Trojans have an overall record of 56-24 which extended his career coaching record to 118-54. He is the only coach to have won CIAA Basketball Titles at two different schools.
"Coach Blow is a true leader for our men's team," said VSU President, Dr. Makola Abdullah. "Not only does he motivate them to excel on the court, but in the classroom as well. We are excited that he will remain an integral part of our Trojan family."
This past season, Blow was named CIAA Men's Basketball Coach of the Year as well as 2016 Mid-Major Coach of the Year.
Blow's superb coaching skills during the regular season led to him being named the "2016 CIAA Men's Basketball Coach of the Year" and "2016 Mid-Major Coach of the Year." The Trojans advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Playoffs, progressing to the second round. Before falling short to West Liberty University in the semifinals of the NCAA Playoffs, the Trojans went on their longest winning streak of the season with eight consecutive wins. "It is an honor to remain a member of the Trojan family," says Coach Lonnie Blow. "I am excited about the future of our program and look forward to continuing the legacy that we have begun here."
"Virginia State University is fortunate to have a head men's basketball coach of the caliber of Lonnie Blow, Jr.," says VSU Director of Athletics Peggy Davis. "His leadership ability, coaching style, and all around commitment to our student-athletes' academic success makes him the right fit for Virginia State University. We are proud that Coach Blow has made the commitment to continue to lead our men's basketball team."
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