Drexel inks Morgantown-native Spiker to contract extension

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Drexel men’s basketball coach and Morgantown-native Zach Spiker agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the Drexel athletic department announced. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Spiker is the 26th head coach in Drexel history.

Zach Spiker

In each of his first two seasons, Spiker has led the Dragons to more wins than in the previous season. Drexel finished 13-20 last season.

His team has averaged more than 74 points per game in each year, the two highest scoring years at Drexel since the team joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2001.

In 2016-’17, the Dragons made 256 three-pointers, the most in Drexel history. Spiker has had a player selected to the CAA’s All-Conference team, the All-Defensive team and the All-Rookie team.

“Zach has been tireless in his efforts leading our program over the last two seasons,” Drexel Deputy Director of Athletics Nick Gannon said. “The hard work and energy that Zach has put in over the last two years has established the foundation for long-term success. His championship vision for Drexel is contagious and we are excited to see the fruits of his labor in the years to come.”

“We are humbled and grateful for the commitment Drexel’s leadership has shown to our staff and players,” added Spiker. “We are excited to come to work every day to help our players grow and develop on and off the court as we strive towards a CAA Championship.”

Last season, the Dragons toppled American Athletic Conference-power Houston in the opening round of the Paradise Jam. Drexel also set an NCAA record by overcoming a 34-point deficit to defeat Delaware at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in February. It was the biggest come-from-behind win in NCAA history, breaking a record that stood for more than 67 years.

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