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UAlbany’s women’s basketball coach extends contract

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany announced Monday that women's basketball head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson has signed a contract extension to remain with the Great Danes  through the 2017-18 season.

"Coach Abe has developed one of the top Women's Basketball programs in the country," said Dr. Lee McElroy, UAlbany Athletics Director. "I am most pleased that Coach Abe will be with us for many years to come as she continues to transform the lives of young women in preparation for lifelong success."

The upcoming 2013-14 season will be Abrahamson-Henderson fourth season leading the Great Danes squad year. With a 66-28 record in just three seasons, she ranks third in wins earned for the program and first in winning percentage at 70 percent. In her first season she led UAlbany to its first winning season since transitioning to Division I in 1999. Since then, the Great Danes have made two appearances in the NCAA tournament and have won two America East titles.

"I would like to thank Lee McElroy and President Robert J. Jones ," Abrahamson-Henderson said. "I am most appreciative for the opportunity to continue to build on the women's basketball program's success at an excellent university, with a team of talented and motivated student-athletes, assistant coaches, and administrators."

She was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and  is the second winningest America East tournament coach by winning percentage, at 5-1. She trails former Maine coach Joanne McCallie, who went 18-3 in 1992-2000, and is now the head coach at Duke.

Under Abrahamson-Henderson , the Great Danes had a banner year in 2012-13, registering their winningest season with an overall record of 27-4. UAlbany made a statement appearance in the first round of the NCAA tournament, falling 59-54 to No. 3 seed North Carolina in Newark, Del. 

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