West Virginia State men’s basketball coach Bryan Poore, already the program’s career leader in wins, will get a couple more years to extend that lead.
WVSU agreed in January to extend Poore’s contract to the 2021-22 academic year. He had four years left on his previous deal.
“Coach Poore has demonstrated he can win championships at State,” WVSU athletic director Nate Burton said. “We have high expectations and our alumni base and fans have high expectations for our men’s basketball program, and those are in large part because of what we’ve been able to achieve under Coach Poore’s leadership.
“And I felt it was important for our student-athletes to know he was locked in and will be here for their next four years,” he added.
The extended contract will pay him $76,695.26 annually, according to a copy of the deal WVSU provided to the Gazette-Mail. That includes an ongoing appointment to the College of Professional Studies, where he is an instructor.
Poore, in November, broke Mark Cardwell’s career wins record at State by winning his 289th game as the Yellow Jackets’ head coach. The Yellow Jackets’ coach since 1999, Poore finished the season with 293 wins at State after a 6-22 campaign. He has 305 career wins, including a 12-win season at the University of Charleston in 1996-97.
He also has two West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season titles and three WVIAC tournament titles under his belt. He was named WVIAC coach of the year in 2004 and 2009.
“For me to have the backing of the administration tells me they trust me with the program and what we’re doing,” Poore said. “We want to turn this thing and get it moving back in the right direction, which I think we will.
“This is where I want to be,” he added. “That’s the bottom line. This is home to me. I want to raise my kids here. I want to stay here. This is where I want to be, and I’m glad it’s mutual.”
New women’s basketball coach Charles Marshall will make $72,000 annually through the 2020-21 season, according to a copy of that contract provided to the Gazette-Mail. His contract also specified the scholarship budget ($126,493) and operational budget ($25,000) for the 2016-17 season, as well as a $25,000 pool of funds available for housing for his assistant coaches. The on-campus apartment-style housing at Sullivan Hall will be available for those coaches.
Marshall came to WVSU from Glenville State, where he won the 2014 Mountain East Conference tournament title and his team led the nation in scoring in two of the past three seasons.
“We knew in order for Coach Marshall to be our next head women’s basketball coach, we needed to be as attractive as possible in every aspect of that position,” Burton said.
Marshall said the deal wasn’t the primary reason that he made the move to Institute. The main reason was that it would benefit his entire family.
“For me it was family-driven,” Marshall said. “In Glenville, I left a really, really great program and a great institution. I’ve got three daughters and coming here, it gives them a little more opportunity.”
In both contracts, if Poore or Marshall are removed before those deals expire, they’ll be paid 100 percent of the balance of the contract over the remainder of the term of the contract.