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HARRISONBURG -- James Madison University Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced Tuesday that head coach Matt Brady has signed a new contract as leader of the men's basketball program. The deal extends Brady's commitment to JMU through the 2016-17 season.
"I look forward to working with Coach Brady in the future as the Dukes battle for conference championships and appearances in the NCAA Tournament," Bourne said in a press release. "The momentum in our men's basketball program has continued this year under Matt's leadership, and the team's run in March has created genuine excitement for the future. Our freshman student-athletes have performed extremely well, and we anticipate another excellent recruiting class arriving on campus for this fall. I am excited to watch them compete next season and take the energy and enthusiasm from this past year's CAA Tournament and NCAA playoffs into the 2013-14 season. The coaching staff has a clear plan in place to build upon the current energy by developing consistency and becoming an engaged part of the community. The future of our program is bright."
Brady has posted an overall record of 88-82 during his five seasons in Harrisonburg and stands at 161-132 in nine years as a collegiate head coach. With three 21-win seasons, he has orchestrated three of JMU's seven best win totals in program history. During the 2012-13 season, he guided the Dukes to a 21-15 record, including the program's first Colonial Athletic Association Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 19 years as well as the Dukes' first NCAA postseason win in 30 years.
"It is a true privilege to be the men's basketball head coach at James Madison University," Brady stated in a press release. "This institution is a special place, not only because of the on-court potential of our program but also due to the well-rounded academic and community experience afforded to every student-athlete on this campus. We've worked diligently to cultivate a culture of success for our program, and that hard work resulted in a tremendously exciting March for a lot of people. Our championship run demonstrated how our program has the ability to galvanize the community, and I look forward to further engaging myself and our players with the university and community to make a positive impact."
JMU had posted eight consecutive losing seasons prior to Brady's arrival. In his inaugural campaign in 2008-09, he led the Dukes to a 21-15 ledger, the program's first winning record in nine seasons and a postseason run to the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. He followed that with a 13-20 campaign in 2009-10 with a squad that was decimated by injuries. Brady's Dukes rebounded with another 20-win mark in 2010-11 at 21-12 before again suffering through significant injuries in a 12-20 season in 2011-12. Finally in 2012-13, the pieces fell into place for the program to make a significant step forward with a 21-15 season and the CAA title.