July 13, 2000
Villanova University has extended the contract of head men's basketball coach Steve Lappas through the 2003-2004 season, Director of Athletics Vince Nicastro announced today.
"Steve has placed his imprint on Villanova basketball and we are excited about the future of the program," said Nicastro. "We saw last season that Steve and his staff have assembled a group of young players with much to offer. The contract extension reflects our belief in Steve and his ability to continue to lead this program to national prominence."
Lappas will begin his ninth season as the head men's basketball coach in 2000-2001. Since returning to the Main Line in 1992 from Manhattan College, Lappas has compiled a 156-97 (.617) record and has taken the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his direction Villanova has won 20 or more games in six of the past seven seasons. The Wildcats set the school single season-record for wins in 1995 (26) and Lappas also steered the club to Big East Tournament and regular season titles in 1995 and '97, respectively.
Continuity has been a theme throughout the history of Villanova basketball. Lappas is just the fourth head coach of the men's team in the past 65 years and seventh since the program was formed in 1920.
Villanova is to open its season at the Pavilion on Nov. 14. The Wildcats are slated to meet Fairfield in the opening round of the preseason National Invitation Tournament. The balance of the Villanova Wildcats 2000-2001 schedule will be announced later this summer.