Akron, Ohio - University of Akron women's basketball head coach Jodi Kest has agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep her at the helm of the program through the 2017-18 season. The terms of the agreement are pending approval by the University's Board of Trustees.
In a press release from the University of Akron, "Coach Kest has worked tirelessly for the past seven years to change the women's basketball culture at Akron and establish a winning tradition," UA Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill said. "Following the most successful season in school history, we are proud to make this commitment to Jodi as she continues to build the program into one of the best in the Mid-American Conference."
Now the longest tenured women's basketball head coach in the MAC, Kest is entering her eighth season with the Zips after guiding them to their second postseason berth in four years and a school record 23 victories in 2012-13. She has won more than 320 games in her 21 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
A northeast Ohio native, Kest became UA's all-time winningest women's basketball coach on Dec. 1, 2012, when the Zips defeated Canisius 81-72 at James A. Rhodes Arena. Kest continued to take the Zips on a historic ride all the way to the Women's NIT, which was Akron's first invitation to the postseason tournament since 1999. Akron has advanced to postseason play three times in its 39-year history, twice under the direction of Kest.
Kest graduated with a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Slippery Rock University in 1984, where she was a two-sport standout in basketball and tennis. The three-time basketball team captain garnered All-American honors on the hardwood her final two seasons.