Maryland gives Women’s Basketball coach Brenda Frese contract extension through 26-27

Brenda Frese coaching Maryland against Minnesota in 2020. Photo by By Lorie Shaull – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland Director of Athletics Damon Evans has announced an agreement with women’s basketball head coach and National Coach of the Year Brenda Frese that extends her contract through the 2026-27 season. Frese’s new six-year contract became effective this month and includes an additional one-year extension for the 2027-28 season.

“Coach Frese has shown consistent excellence on and off the court throughout her 19 years here at Maryland,” Evans said. “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.”

“First of all, I am grateful that Maryland believes in our program,” Frese said. “Maryland is really a place where student-athletes can have it all. We take great pride in the name on the front of our uniforms and representing an elite university.

“I want to thank President Darryll Pines, Athletic Director Damon Evans and Deputy AD Colleen Sorem for their commitment and support of our team. 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.”

Frese was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN, the Associated Press and The Athletic after this past season. She is one of just three coaches to be named AP Coach of the Year more than once, joining Geno Auriemma (Connecticut), Kim Mulkey (LSU) and Muffet McGraw (former Notre Dame head coach).

Frese’s teams have earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament in 17 of her 19 seasons at Maryland, advancing to three Final Fours, six Elite Eights and nine Sweet Sixteens. She brought home the 2006 NCAA Championship in her fourth season. Frese’s team’s also own a 100 percent graduation rate in her 19 years in College Park and 16 of her Terrapins have been drafted into the WNBA.

Under Frese, Maryland has won 14 conference championships, including regular season and tournament titles. Her Terrapins have won six of seven Big Ten championships since joining the league in 2014.

After losing five starters from last year’s Big Ten Championship squad, Frese and her 2020-21 staff reloaded with five newcomers and the return of five sophomores. Frese’s Terrapins did not miss a beat this year, earning a record of 26-3 overall, 17-1 in league play and winning the program’s sixth Big Ten title in seven years. The Terrapins advanced to their ninth Sweet Sixteen under Frese.

The 2020-21 Terps were the highest scoring team in program history, averaging 90.8 points per game. The Terps also led the nation in assist turnover ratio (1.7).

This season, Frese won her 500th game at Maryland, making her the winningest coach in program history. She currently owns a record of 512-131 (.796) at Maryland and 569-161 (.780) in her 22 years as a head coach, which includes stops at Minnesota and Ball State.

This year marked Frese’s fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, having previously won in 2002, 2015 and 2019. She was also named ACC Coach of the Year in 2013 and MAC Coach of the Year in 2000.

Coach Frese Facts

14 conference championships

  • Six of seven Big Ten championships since joining the league in 2014.
  • Seven straight appearances in Big Ten championship game

17 NCAA Tournament bids in 19 postseasons

  • 3 Final Fours
  • 6 Elite Eights
  • 9 Sweet Sixteens

80 wins over ranked teams

  • 23 wins over top 10 teams under Frese
  • 2 wins over No. 1 team

211 straight AP polls

  • Terrapins have been ranked in every AP poll for the last decade – preseason poll of 2010-11 season

16 WNBA Draft Picks

  • eight top 10 draft picks

Record of 512-131 (.796)

  • More wins than any coach in Maryland basketball history
  • Highest winning percentage in Maryland basketball history
  • Winning percentage of .796 at Maryland is best among Big Ten coaches – men’s or women’s

Brenda vs. the Best (Career Winning Percentage)

  1. BRENDA FRESE – 569-160 (.781)
  2. Mike Krzyzewski – 1,170-361 (.764)
  3. Tom Izzo – 628-241 (.723)
  4. Phil Jackson -1,640-1,155 (.704)
  5. Bill Belichick – 311-148 (.678)