MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State Director of Athletics Bob Krause announced Friday that women's volleyball coach Suzie Fritz has agreed to a new multi-year contract, securing the services of the two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year through the 2012 season.
The new five-year deal is retroactive to January 1, 2008, extends to December 31, 2012, and replaces the five-year contract extension Fritz signed in 2004. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.
"Suzie has done a tremendous job at Kansas State in her seven years on the job and has warranted this extension," said Krause. "She and her staff have continually positioned their teams among the most elite in the conference and the nation and we are thrilled to secure her services for years to come."
Fritz, who enters her eighth season as head coach of the Wildcats, has compiled a 147-71 overall record and currently has the highest winning percentage in Kansas State history (.674) among coaches. Fritz has led the Wildcats to six NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach, 10 dating back to her days as an assistant coach, the school’s first-ever conference title in 2003 and two Sweet 16 appearances. In nine seasons total on staff, Fritz has seen eight All-Americans, 14 All-Region performers and 33 all-conference players come play as Wildcats.
"I am proud to be a part of the growing tradition associated with Kansas State athletics," Fritz said. "It means a great deal to me that Bob Krause and Dr. Jon Wefald have given my staff and me this vote of confidence. The loyalty and support that we enjoy from the university, our administration, our community and our fans is what sets Kansas State apart from the rest. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the wonderful student-athletes on our team in the years to come and hope to continue to build a program that K-Stater's can take pride in."
One of the nation’s top coaches, Fritz led the Wildcats to a 41-17 record and consecutive NCAA Second Round appearances (2001 and 2002) in her first two seasons on the job before a record-setting 2003 campaign. Fritz led K-State to its first-ever Big 12 Conference title, longest winning streak in school history, most conference wins in a season and most wins since beginning NCAA play during the 2003 championship run.
The Wildcats again advanced to the NCAA Second Round in three of the following four seasons and reached the 20-win plateau three times.
Fritz and the Wildcats have also seen tremendous success in the classroom during her tenure as 59 student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, nine of which went on to earn all-district honors, and K-State has earned the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award for seven straight seasons.
Fritz was named the program's permanent head coach on October 11, 2001, after guiding the team to a 9-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Big 12 play, as the team's interim coach. Prior to being named interim coach, she served four years as the program's top assistant, helping guide the Wildcats to an 82-43 (.656) record from 1997-2000 and four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.