When Tod Kowalczyk took over Toledo after the 2009-10 season, he clearly had his work cut out for him. Yet, after leading the Rockets to a quick turnaround the past three seasons, Kowalczyk was rewarded.
On Tuesday, Toledo extended his contract through the 2018-19 season. That's an additional two seasons on top of his current deal.
“The job Tod has done turning around our basketball program in such a short time has been remarkable,” Toledo athletic director Mike O'Brien said in a statement. “Tod and his staff have transformed the culture within the program both on and off the court. We have put our Academic Progress Rate (APR) issues behind us, and we've done so while making steady on-court improvement that includes tying for first place in the MAC's West Division this past season. Tod runs his entire program in a first-class manner.”
The Rockets had won a combined 11 games the two seasons before Kowalczyk arrived and didn't have much optimism in the program. A 4-28 campaign in Kowalczyk's debut season didn't change much, but he quickly turned things around. Kowalczyk led the Rockets to 19 wins in his second season, the second-best win improvement in the country.
Last season, despite being held out of postseason play because of APR issues, Toledo went 15-13 and tied for first in the West division of the MAC.
Toledo brings back four starters next season while also welcoming transfers Justin Drummond (Loyola Maryland) and J.D. Weatherspoon (Ohio State). Returnees Rian Pearson, Julius Brown and Nathan Boothe will lead the way.