A-State rewards Boyer with three-year deal

JONESBORO — Months after carrying Arkansas State within a point of an automatic NCAA women’s basketball tournament bid, Brian Boyer was rewarded with a new three-year contract, the university announced Saturday.

Boyer led the Red Wolves to the Sun Belt Conference regular-season championship and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament final, where it lost to Western Kentucky 61-60. A-State finished 22-12, 14-4 in the conference, and was invited to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.

In the process, Boyer became the conference’s all-time leader in coaching victories with 137, just one ahead of former Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore and Florida International mentor Cindy Russo. He also was named the conference Coach of the Year.

“Due to the regular season Sun Belt Conference championship and the talent returning, I believe it warranted that coach Boyer be rewarded with a new three-year contract for continued growth in our women’s basketball program,” school athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a release. “This is a great testament to the ladies on the team and the hard work and determination that they have put in to achieve their success.”

Boyer said he was humbled and grateful that A-State continues to believe in him and invest in his program.

“I feel very good about the state of our basketball program right now,” he said. “We had a successful season last year on the court, in the classroom and in the community, and we look forward to building on those successes.”

The Red Wolves have won the past two Sun Belt Conference Team Academic awards, posting grade-point averages that surpassed the 3.0 mark.