COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WDVM) – University of Maryland’s Athletic Director, Damon Evans, announced on Tuesday morning, that Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Brenda Frese, has signed an extension through the 2026-2027 season.
The contract extension will become effective this month, and includes an additional extension year, through the 2027-2028 season.
“Coach Frese has shown consistent excellence on and off the court throughout her 19 years here at Maryland,” Evans said in a press release. “Coach Frese’s teams have shown unprecedented success in the Big Ten and have sustained success among the nation’s best. Her program is a model for many because the student-athletes she brings to Maryland are simply the best of the best. We wanted to make sure she is leading our Terrapins for many years to come.”
Brenda Frese was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN, the Associated Press, and the Athletic this past season; becoming one of three coaches to have been named the National Coach of the Year more than once, joining the ranks of Geno Auriemma (Connecticut), Kim Mulkey (LSU), and Muffet McGraw (former Notre Dame Head Coach).
“I love that I was brought to Maryland to help this program become a national power.” said Coach Frese, when asked about the pressure this contract extension may carry. “And you know – we want to be in all the big games, against the best competition that we can face, to prepare us for the post season. And I think we’ll have that in the upcoming year.”
Frese guided Maryland to their best scoring season in program history, putting up 90.8 points per game through the year, winning their sixth Big Ten title, and earning a No.2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Several Terps that performed last season will return to the program; including Tai Koslova, Diamond Miller, and Ashley Owusu, who have all garnered experience playing at the national level.
Frese’s resume continues to grow with each season, but as she explains, resting on her laurels will keep herself, and the program from where it needs to be. As she elaborated on her time with the program so far, she reminisced about her time with the program early; with less confidence than she has now.
“I’ve said before, when I first came here to Maryland, I didn’t have that same confidence, and belief, and was just hoping that Athletic Director, Debbie Yow at the time, believed in me, and saw something in this little girl from Iowa.” said Coach Frese, when asked about her perspective on a long career with the Terrapins so far. “Obviously the rest is history, in four years winning a national championship; and I’m really proud of the fact that – you know- the consistency this program has been able to hold.”
Frese joined the Terrapin program, prior to the 2002-2003 season; and with this new extension, she’ll be poised to surpass former Head Coach, Chris Weller’s time at the helm of the program.
“I want to thank President Darryll Pines, Athletic Director Damon Evans, deputy AD Colleen Sorem, for their commitment and support of our team.” said Brenda in a press release. “I am honored and humbled to have led this program the past 19 years and am so proud of the national power we have rebuilt and sustained. I am looking forward to what lies ahead in the future and making some more Maryland magic.”