WASHINGTON – American University announced a one-year contract extension for head women's basketball coach Megan Gebbia on Tuesday, according to AU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Billy Walker. Gebbia's contract is now for six years and extends through April 30, 2025.
"I am tremendously excited to announce the extension of Coach Megan Gebbia as American University's women's basketball head coach," Walker said. "Her on-court accomplishments are well documented – three regular-season and two postseason Patriot League Championships. However, Coach Gebbia's off-court accomplishments are just as impressive as she's mentored her players to an unprecedented five Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards in six years, and two I-AAA National Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards.
"Most importantly, Coach Gebbia and her staff do things the right way – with integrity, respect, and a deep sense of caring for the development of each of their student-athletes. The future of AU Eagles Women's Basketball is bright indeed."
This one-year extension comes on the heels of the team's fourth postseason run since Gebbia took the helm in 2013. She signed a five-year extension in November 2018 before adding a sixth year this week.
"My time here at American University has been so rewarding, and I am so grateful to Dr. Billy Walker for my recent extension," Gebbia said. "AU has been home to me, and I have enjoyed living and working in the greater D.C. area.
"I believe our school has so much to offer the student-athlete, and I feel we can continue down this path to success both regionally and in the Patriot League. With the current vision of our administration and the progress we have made as a department, I believe this is an exciting time to be a part of the AU community."
Gebbia, who will enter her seventh season with the Eagles in 2019-20, is the third-longest-tenured head coach in program history behind Jeff Thatcher (11 seasons, 1989-2000) and Linda Ziemke (10 seasons, 1978-1988). She holds an overall record of 117-76 over her six seasons for the second-best winning percentage in program history (.606) behind Matt Corkery (123-63, .661).
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, Gebbia has led the Eagles to four postseason appearances, including the first two NCAA Tournament berths in program history during the 2014-15 and 2017-18 seasons. Under her leadership, the Eagles have earned two Patriot League titles and three regular-season PL titles, including the latest in 2018-19.
One of the winningest coaches in program history, Gebbia guided the 2017-18 squad to a program-record 26-7 season, including a 17-game win streak and an undefeated 16-0 run at home.
She reached the prestigious century mark during the 2018-19 season, clinching her 100th win in January en route to a share of the Patriot League regular-season title and the team's fourth postseason appearance in six years with a berth into the WNIT.
Among the many honors accumulated by the Eagles under her leadership are three Patriot League Player of the Year awards, five PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, one PL Defensive Player of the Year award, four Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team selections, one CoSIDA Academic All-America honor, and 18 All-Patriot League selections.
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