Women's Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri Signs Contract Extension Through 2012-13 Season

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald has announced that Women's Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri has signed a one-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Tricia Fabbri represents all that is good about a Division I coach," said Quinnipiac Director of Athletics Jack McDonald. "She and her staff have brought the Quinnipiac women's basketball program to be one of the best in the Northeast Conference and in the region. We look forward to continued success for Coach Fabbri on the court, in post-season, in the classroom and in the community for many more years at Quinnipiac."

Fabbri is entering her 14th season on the Bobcats' sidelines. The all-time winningest coach in Quinnipiac women's basketball history with 177 career victories, Fabbri was named the 2000-01 and 2005-06 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year. This past season, Fabbri led the Bobcats to a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the first national postseason tournament appearance in Quinnipiac women's basketball Division I history. She led the Bobcats to 25 wins in the historic season, the most by Quinnipiac since joining the Division I ranks.

The first full-time coach in program history, Fabbri is also the only coach in the history of Quinnipiac women's basketball history to win 100 games. As successful as the team has been on the court since Fabbri took the reins of the program, Quinnipiac women's basketball has also gained much acclaim academically. For the past several years the team has been ranked in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's All-Academic Top 25, while also producing a Verizon Academic All-District First Team pick as well as a Division I-AAA Athletic Director's Association Scholar-Athlete.

"I'd like to thank President John Lahey, Val Belmonte and Jack McDonald for giving me the opportunity to continue serving as head women's basketball coach here at Quinnipiac," Fabbri said. "It's a great vote of confidence and there's no place I'd rather be. I look forward to continuing the commitment to excellence that this university represents, and providing positive, educational opportunities to the young women of this basketball program."

During her coaching career at Quinnipiac, Fabbri's teams have featured 16 Northeast Conference All-League honorees, five NEC All-Rookie honorees and one NEC Rookie of the Year.

Prior to coming to Quinnipiac, Fabbri was an assistant coach at Fairfield University where she also enjoyed an outstanding playing career. Fabbri ranks fifth all-time in points and third all-time in rebounds at Fairfield. She has been inducted into the Fairfield University Hall of Fame, the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Delran (N.J.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Albert Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey Hall of Fame. She was also named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 25th Anniversary Team. In 2007, Fabbri was also given the St. Clare Award at the 22nd Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet.