After 22 wins and a WBI championship, Angel Elderkin finally got her breakthrough season at Appalachian State.
In doing so, she earned a contract extension.
App State announced a new deal for its women’s basketball coach on Monday. The contract, which was approved by Chancellor Sheri Everts and the school’s board of trustees, will keep her in Boone through at least the 2022-23 season. She had one year remaining on her initial contract.
“It’s truly an honor to be the head women’s basketball coach at Appalachian State,” Elderkin said through a school-issued press release. “I’m excited about the future of this university and the team.
“This is a reflection of the commitment and hard work from an incredible group of student-athletes as well as the most dedicated coaching staff a head coach could ever hope for.”
Elderkin has coached at App State since 2014. She was hired on Oct. 1 of that year, just over a month before the 2014-15 season started. She registered seasons of 14, 10, 12 and eight wins before finally seeing success on the court take hold this season.
The Mountaineers registered the most wins for the program since 2012-13. App State won four of its last six regular season games, clinching a winning conference record (10-8) for the first time since the school joined the Sun Belt in 2014.
Appalachian also claimed two victories in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, advancing further than ever before. The team defeated Coastal Carolina by 36 points in its first game, then won on a game-winning shot from Madi Story against Georgia State in the next round. App State fell to the eventual conference champion, Little Rock, in the Sun Belt semifinals.
App State went from there to run through the WBI Tournament, beating UNC Asheville, Marshall, Campbell and North Texas. Those final three victories were all by 12 points or more.
“We are very excited to have Angel continue to lead our women’s basketball program,” said Doug Gillin, App State’s athletics director. “Under Angel’s leadership, our student-athletes are excelling in the classroom, in the community and on the court.
“The energy and enthusiasm for our women’s basketball program has continued to grow during Angel’s time at Appalachian. The future is incredibly bright, as we witnessed with the WBI Championship.”
The Mountaineers finished the season 22-14, and they will return six of their top seven scorers next season. According to App State athletics, the 14-win improvement from last season to this season ties a program mark for the largest turnaround in school history. App State jumped from eight wins in 2017-18 to 22 victories this season. That improvement ranks as the fifth-best resurgence in the nation, according to App State.