Henrickson to Stay at Virginia Tech

Women's basketball coach agrees to contract extension.


March 31, 1999


BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Wednesday evening that it has agreed to a contract extension with head women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson.

"I am extremely pleased that we are able to extend Bonnie Henrickson's contract," said Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver. "It is my hope that she will be at Virginia Tech as long as Pat Summitt has been at the University of Tennessee. I know Hokies everywhere will be excited about today's announcement."

In two seasons at the Hokies' helm, Henrickson has amassed a 50-13 record and helped Tech capture two Atlantic 10 Conference championships. In 1998-99, she led the Tech women to a school-record 28-3 mark and the program's first-ever trip to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Tech also reached No. 9 in The Associated Press Top 25 this season, the program's first top 10 ranking. The Hokies spent a total of 14 weeks in the national rankings, finishing the season at No. 13.

"I am very appreciative and excited about the opportunity to continue my coaching career here at Virginia Tech," said Henrickson. "Through the support of Jim Weaver and the athletic family, we are building a very special program here. I am surrounded with one of the finest staffs in the country, a very outstanding group of young ladies and a legion of fans who greatly appreciate our effort. Virginia Tech is a great place to a be a coach."

A native of Wilmar, Minn., Henrickson was an all-conference performer at Saint Cloud State University. She graduated in 1986 and served as a graduate assistant at Western Illinois from 1986-88. The 36-year-old Henrickson was hired as an assistant to Carol Alfano at Tech in 1988. She left Blacksburg in 1995 to become an assistant for long-time friend Angie Lee at Iowa. While at Iowa, she helped lead the Hawkeyes to two NCAA appearances before becoming Tech's fourth head coach.