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Published: Tuesday, 6/10/2008

Falcons' Roos awarded contract extension

BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

BOWLING GREEN - In a move that could have more significance down the road, Bowling Green State University assistant women's basketball coach Jennifer Roos has signed a contract extension to stay with the program through 2013.

Roos's new deal runs parallel to the extension head coach Curt Miller signed last summer, meaning Roos could be in line to take over if Miller leaves. Roos said no succession plan is in place.

Assistant coaches typically work on year-to-year contracts, and Roos becomes the first assistant in program history to sign a multi-year deal.

"It was a great commitment shown by our administration and I just feel very honored to be a part of this university, this program, and this community," Roos said.

The deal does not include a bump in salary or other perks, said Roos, who earned the title of associate head coach in 2004.

Roos was the first staff member hired by Miller when he took over the program prior to the 2001-02 season. Assistant Brandi Poole (seven seasons) and Kevin Eckert (six seasons) have also been around to watch the Falcons win four straight Mid-American Conference regular season titles.

Roos is responsible for guiding the Falcons' deffewest points allowed in three of the last four years. Roos also serves as the team's recruiting coordinator.

"It's a pretty good feeling knowing that we really believe we've got a great team and we've put together a great coaching staff as well," Roos said.

"We're going to continue this for another several years, hopefully."

NORTHWESTERN HIRE: Northwestern has hired George Washington's Joe McKeown to fill its head women's basketball coaching position, according to several reports. BG's Curt Miller was a candidate for the position.

McKeown is the winningest coach in Atlantic 10 history and guided GWU to 17 NCAA tournament appearances in 19 seasons.

Contact Ryan Autullo at:

rautullo@theblade.com



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