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RMU coach Toole gets 1-year extension

Paul Schofield
| Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Robert Morris coach Andy Toole gestures during the first half against Duquesne on Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, at PPG Paints Arena.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Robert Morris coach Andy Toole gestures during the first half against Duquesne on Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, at PPG Paints Arena.

Robert Morris president Chris Howard announced Thursday that men's basketball coach Andy Toole was given a one-year contract extension.

The new deal will keep Toole through the 2020-21 season.

Howard said he doesn't need to go through all the accomplishments on Toole's resume. He said he's important to the university.

“We're very pleased to have extended Andy's contract for another year,” athletic director Craig Coleman said. “He's brought great leadership to our program, and we feel confident with the news of our new event center that our program under his leadership will reach even greater heights.

“We want to keep Andy as long as we can. He had a tough year last year. If you're a coach who hasn't had a tough year, you haven't coached very long. We want him to stay as long as we can.”

This is Toole's seventh season at RMU and he has led the Colonials to a 126-100 (.558) record, including 75-37 against Northeast Conference opponents.

Toole replaced Mike Rice in May 2010.

Robert Morris has participated in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, defeating North Florida at Dayton before falling to Duke in Charlotte, N.C. The Colonials also defeated Kentucky (2013) and St. John's (2014) in the NIT.

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