Hawaii women’s basketball coach Laura Beeman has been granted a three-year contract extension, Hawaii Warrior World has learned.
Beeman, whose existing contract was set to expire after the 2020-21 season, is now contracted through the 2023-24 season. UH is expected to make an official announcement today.
UH has reached the postseason five times (1 NCAA, 4 WNIT) since Beeman took over in in the 2012-13 season, including a WNIT appearance in the 2018-19 season after the Rainbow Wahine reached the Big West tournament championship game.
The eighth-year head coach is 124-110 for her UH career after Thursday night’s 80-57 rout of UC Riverside at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Wahine (7-9, 1-2 Big West) snapped a four-game losing streak and notched their first conference victory of the season by speeding up their offensive attack.
UH hosts Cal State Fullerton (10-6, 2-1) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
UPDATE: Here’s comments from athletic director David Matlin and Beeman about the extension, provided in a UH release.
Matlin: “Laura is an amazing leader and mentor for young ladies. She cares deeply about the holistic development of our student-athletes. She is an integral part of our ‘Ohana as a departmental leader and a great sounding board for myself and our administrative team. Simply put, she makes us better both on and off the court and we are excited to extend her contract.”
Beeman: “I want to thank President (David) Lassner, David Matlin, the athletics administrators and department for the opportunity to continue leading the Rainbow Wahine Basketball program into the 2023-24 season. My career dream has always been about making positive change and being apart of something bigger than me. The University of Hawai’i allows me to fulfill this dream while doing something I love.”