Hartford extends John Gallagher through 2017-18 season

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

John Gallagher has signed a contract extension that will keep him as the head coach at Hartford through the 2017-18 season.

Gallagher was named head coach back in the spring of 2010, and was up-and-down during his first two seasons. After going 20-42 in his first two years at the helm, Gallagher led the Hawks to an eight-win improvement and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

“I'd like to thank [President] Walter Harrison for his faith in me,” Gallagher said in a statement. “I would also like to thank Pat Meiser for the support she has provided to me and the program throughout the last three years. My family and I are grateful that we have an administration that is behind our growing program and has the same vision and the same mission as the staff here. I'm really exciting about the years to come.”

There is certainly optimism in the program, as well. The Hawks finished the regular season by winning six of their final eight games, going 10-6 in conference play and finishing fourth. Moreover, four starters and eight of their top nine players return from a season ago.

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