Mizzou’s Pingeton Agrees to New Five-Year Contract

Mizzou Women’s Basketball Head Coach  has agreed to a new five-year contract that will keep her on the sidelines through the 2019-20 season. Pingeton’s new agreement includes a base salary of $300,000 and runs through April 30, 2020.

“We are excited to announce a new contract for Coach Pingeton,” Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. “Robin has done a tremendous job laying a strong foundation for a program that will compete both in the SEC and nationally for years to come. The future of Mizzou Women’s Basketball is very bright and we look forward to watching our student-athletes continue to grow and succeed under her leadership.”

“I am truly thankful for the contract, the support and the opportunity to continue to build this program and be part of the Mizzou family,” Pingeton said. “We have built a great foundation and I am extremely grateful that Mack and the administration have the confidence in me and my staff to continue to take this program to new levels.”

During her five seasons leading Mizzou, Pingeton has compiled a 79-79 (.500) record and has led the Tigers to three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1987-90 after inheriting a program that won only 38 percent of its games during the three seasons prior to her arrival. The Tigers have defeated eight top 25 opponents under her guidance, while nine Mizzou student-athletes have earned all-conference accolades and two players have been selected in the WNBA Draft.

With 19 victories in 2014-15, Mizzou posted its highest win total since the 2005-06 campaign. The Tigers advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT, and the two postseason victories were the most for the program since 2002-03. Mizzou led the SEC in field goal percentage defense (35.1) and defensive rebounds per game (29.0), ranking 12th and 17th in the nation in those respective categories. The Tigers also led the SEC with 249 baskets from 3-point range, which was 49 more than any other team in the league and good for an average of 7.5 per game, ranking 31st nationally. The 2015 recruiting class was ranked as high as No. 14 in the nation by Prospects Nation, marking the highest ranking in team history and includes the program’s first McDonald’s All-American.

Off the court and in the classroom, Pingeton’s teams at Mizzou have also made a huge impact. Under her leadership, the Tigers have seen 36 players receive conference academic honors, including a program record and SEC-best nine honorees during the 2014-15 school year. Mizzou also led the SEC with seven selections in 2013-14. For two straight years, Pingeton’s squad has earned the Community Service Award from Mizzou Athletics. The Tigers have completed more than 1,567 hours of community service throughout the past five seasons.

In 20 seasons as a head coach, Pingeton carries a 414-236 (.637) career record and has led her teams to postseason play 13 times, three regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles. She has mentored 31 all-conference players, seven Academic All-Americans, six All-Americans, four conference players of the year and has twice been named the conference coach of the year. Pingeton earned her 400th career victory on Dec. 3, 2014.


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