NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Iona College has announced the signing of a five-year contract with women's basketball head coach Billi Godsey through the 2020-21 season.
“The Iona community and Gael Nation are proud to have Coach Godsey remain the leader of the Iona women’s basketball program," said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre. "After winning our first-ever MAAC Tournament Championship, we are excited about the bright future ahead for the Gaels."
“I would like to thank President Nyre and Rick Cole for the opportunity to continue to lead the dedicated student-athletes of Iona women’s basketball," said Godsey. "Winning a MAAC championship is an amazing accomplishment, but it’s only the beginning. My staff and I are ready to continue the growth of this program and build on the success we have been fortunate to have. I am very proud to be a member of the Iona family and look forward to leading the program in the years to come."
In her first three years at the helm of the women’s basketball program, Godsey has led Iona to its most successful stretch in history.
During her tenure, Iona has a 64-33 overall record including a 46-14 mark in MAAC play.
In her first season, Godsey and her staff led the program to an Iona single-season record 26 wins, including an 18-game winning streak from Nov. 15, 2013 through Feb. 1, 2014, also a program-record. The Gaels finished as MAAC Co-Regular Season Champions, winning 18 league contests, the most in school history.
On March 9, Iona won its first MAAC Tournament Championship earning a first-ever bid to the NCAA Championship and a first round appearance against No. 2 seeded Maryland. (Maryland won.) Godsey’s recommitment to a strong defense helped motivate the Gaels to an NCAA Top 50 performance in opponent scoring.
Godsey’s 66 percent winning percentage is the best in Iona women’s basketball history. Her two 20-win seasons in just three seasons ranks second in Gaels’ history, one behind the program leader.
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