CHENEY -- Eastern Washington University head men's basketball coach Kirk Earlywine has received a contract extension and will return for his fourth season at the helm of the Eagles.
Earlywine, 45, is 32-58 in his first three seasons, including a 17-31 record in the Big Sky Conference. With three freshmen in its starting lineup this past season, Eastern was 9-21 overall and 5-11 in the league, but placed seventh and missed the six-team league tournament for the fourth-straight season.
"I am very happy that (EWU President) Dr. (Rodolfo) Arévalo and Bill Chaves have chosen to allow me to continue the rebuilding process of the men's basketball program here at Eastern," said Earlywine. "From day one, I knew that this would be a long and difficult process. However, with the young players who stepped forward this year, along with our redshirts and our incoming recruiting class, I feel that we are very close to turning the corner."
Originally hired on the late date of June 14, 2007, Earlywine's first team had six players who had never played in a NCAA Division I game. That year he led the Eagles to a 11-19 finish that included a 6-10 league mark.
In his second season, EWU had a 12-18 record overall and was 6-10 in the Big Sky. The Eagles started the season 6-2, and then lost a tiebreaker with Montana for the sixth and final Big Sky tourney berth.