Over the course of three years, Andy Toole has gone from a little-known, twenty-something assistant coach into a known, and wanted, commodity in college basketball coaching circles.
With Toole coming off perhaps his most successful season yet, Robert Morris administration made a proactive step in securing its coach for the future.
Toole and the school's athletic director, Craig Coleman, have agreed on a contract extension through the 2017-18 season, Toole confirmed to the Post-Gazette after it was first reported by 93.7 The Fan.
As a private school, Robert Morris did not release any financial details surrounding the contract.
In his three seasons as the Colonials' coach, Toole has compiled a 68-36 record, including a 39-15 mark in Northeast Conference play.
Last season, Robert Morris captured its outright first NEC regular season championship in four years and went to the National Invitation Tournament, where it beat Kentucky before bowing out to Providence in the second round.
Despite his success at the school, Toole has yet to have led the Colonials to the NCAA tournament.
Toole had two years remaining on the five-year contract he signed in 2010.
Buoyed by his three-year record and the high-profile victory over Kentucky, Toole's name was bandied around for several coaching vacancies, most notably at Siena, where he was a finalist for the position that ultimately went to former Loyola Maryland coach Jimmy Patsos.
Craig Meyer: firstname.lastname@example.org and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG First Published May 2, 2013 4:15 AM