Toole, administration agree to contract extension

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In three years, Andy Toole has gone from a little-known, 20-something assistant coach to a wanted commodity in college basketball coaching circles.

With Toole coming off perhaps his most successful season, 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 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after it was first reported by 93.7 The Fan.

The school will formally announce the move today at a news conference.

"It's really exciting for not only me as a head coach, but our whole staff for being recognized for the effort that everybody puts in, and understanding that the university, as well as the coaching staff, has a similar idea and vision of where we want this program to go," Toole said.

In his three seasons as coach, Toole has compiled a 68-36 record, including a 39-15 mark in the Northeast Conference.

Last season, Robert Morris captured its first outright 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 against 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.

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Craig Meyer: cmeyer@post-gazette.com and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG.


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