NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State Director of Athletics Marty L. Miller has locked in his basketball coaches to contract extensions.
Just over a week ago, NSU announced that men’s basketball coach Robert Jones had agreed to a contract extension that would keep him at the helm of the program through the 2022-23 season.
Now the Spartans have extended the contract for women’s basketball coach Larry Vickers.
Vickers has agreed to an extension that will keep him at the helm of the program for the same period as Jones (2022-2023)
Vickers has one year remaining on his current contract, and will receive an additional three years in the new deal.
“Coach Vickers has done an excellent job with improving the overall performance of the women’s basketball team,” Miller said. “His success in elevating the program to a contender for the conference championship in less than three years reflects his abilities as a coach and teacher.
Vickers has presided over a resurgence for the women’s basketball program. After taking over a winless team midway through the 2015-16 season, he has compiled a 53-49 record leading the Spartan women, including a 33-25 conference record. NSU has finished .500 or better overall in each of his three full seasons leading the program, including back-to-back winning seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
In 2017-18, NSU went 18-11 overall, the program’s first winning season since 2001-02 and the third-most wins in NSU’s Division I history. In 2018-19, the Spartans were 17-15 overall and made the program’s first MEAC tournament championship game appearance since 2005.
In addition, NSU has had a winning MEAC record during each his first three full years with the program, the first such three-year streak since joining the league in 1997. Three of the program’s four winning MEAC seasons since 2001-02 have come under Vickers. During those three seasons combined, the Spartans have had the league’s top scoring defense.