Contract Extension for Bryant’s O’Shea

Bryant Release

 

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – After guiding the Bryant University men's
basketball team to one of the best turnarounds seasons in college
basketball history, Tim O'Shea has signed a contract extension through
June 2020 based on performance and milestone triggers. The extension
reflects Bryant's commitment to excel at the Division I level in both
the state and region.

“Coach O'Shea has done a remarkable job in guiding our men's
basketball program through the difficult transition to Division I,” said
university president Ronald K. Machtley.  “To have a winning season and
qualify for the postseason in our first year of eligibility, speaks
volumes for the type of experienced leader coach O'Shea brings to our
program.  As a recruiter, Tim brings high quality student-athletes to
our campus who represent our institution in a first-class manner both in
the classroom and on the court.”

Recently completing his fifth season at the helm of the Bryant
program, O'Shea not only led the Bulldogs through the arduous NCAA
reclassification process, but has also produced a one-year
transformation that will go down in the history books.

Following a 2-28 season a year ago, Bryant was picked 10th in the NEC
Preseason Coaches' poll, but served notice to its conference foes with
breakthrough non-league wins over Boston College and Lehigh on the road
and finishing with a 19-11 overall record and in a tie for second place
in the NEC Conference standings with a 12-6 league mark.

Armed with two impact transfers and a number of talented veterans,
once the Bulldogs jumped out to a 6-0 start in NEC play, fans at the
Chace Athletic Center began to take notice and a contender was born. By
season's end, the Bulldogs had been ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 for
seven weeks and claimed a No. 4 seed in the NEC postseason tournament in
its first year of eligibility, and berth in the CBI tournament. 

“I am grateful to President Ron Machtley and Director of Athletics
Bill Smith for the vote of confidence this extension represents,” said
O'Shea.  “Working together with my outstanding staff, I look forward
building upon the growth and progress achieved by our team season.”

The 19-11 record marked one of the best single-season turnarounds in
NCAA history and led the nation in pure win improvement, earning 17 more
victories in 2012-13 than a season ago. The 17-win jump was also the
biggest in NEC history, eclipsing CCSU's 15-win jump from 1997-98 to
1998-99, and the 11-win bump in NEC play was the most in league annals,
one better than LIU Brooklyn's 10-win improvement from 1995-96 to
1996-97.

 “Tim is an outstanding leader for our men's basketball program,”
said Smith. “He has displayed not only great patience, but a clear
vision for our basketball program to be successful competing at the
highest level. Being recognized by his peers with coach of the year
honors speaks volumes for what he has been able to achieve in a short
amount of time. There's no question that the future is certainly bright
for Bryant basketball with Tim O'Shea as our head coach.”

O'Shea came to Bryant in the spring 2008 after seven years as the
head coach at Ohio University.  A native of Wayland, MA and 1984
graduate of Boston College, O'Shea has been an assistant coach at Yale,
the University of Rhode Island and Boston College where he helped lead
the Eagles to two Big East regular season titles and four postseason
tournament berths.

He and his wife Elizabeth reside in Newport, RI with their daughter Madeleine.

The Bulldogs will return three starters from last year's squad, including all-conference selections Alex Francis and Dyami Starks and welcome four standout newcomers to campus this fall.