COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Interim President Steve Owens and Chancellor Brady Deaton have approved a one-year contract extension for head women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton that will keep her on the Tiger sideline through the 2016 season. The previous contract was set to expire on April 8, 2015. Pingeton’s guaranteed salary will remain the same but her deferred compensation will increase by $25,000 beginning in 2012.

“We are excited to extend Robin’s contract,” Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden said. “She and her staff have made an immediate impact on our women’s basketball program after only one season at Mizzou. The progress our program is making on the court, in the classroom and in the community has been outstanding. Robin is a tremendous asset to the athletic department and the entire University of Missouri.”

“I am extremely thankful and appreciative of the support and belief the administration has in our program and our vision for the future,” Pingeton said. “My staff and I are very excited about the strides this program has made in just one year and are looking forward to building on the success of the 2010-2011 season.”

In just one season at the helm at Mizzou, Pingeton has reinvigorated the Tiger program. In her inaugural year, Missouri posted a 13-18 overall record and a 5-11 mark in Big 12 Conference play, the most for the team since 2006-07. The Tigers accomplished these feats despite playing the seventh-toughest regular season schedule in the nation, a slate that featured 16 games against teams who qualified for the NCAA tournament and 10 games against ranked opponents.

Mizzou recorded three wins against those ranked foes, a 54-45 win against No. 12 Georgetown in the Paradise Jam, an 85-80 overtime victory versus No. 22 Texas in the Big 12 opener and a 49-48 win against No. 23 Iowa State in the regular season finale. The three wins against ranked opponents were the most for the Tigers since the 2000-01 season. Additionally, Mizzou’s win against Texas ended a 12-game losing streak to the Longhorns, dating back to 2001, and was only the second time the Tigers have defeated the Longhorns. 

On Feb. 16, Pingeton set a milestone with her 350th career head coaching victory after the Tigers earned a come-from-behind overtime win against Oklahoma State. She ended the 2010-11 campaign with 351 career victories, against 175 losses.