Hamilton, N.Y. - Following an historic season for Colgate basketball, the University announced, Thursday, that it has extended the contract of head coach, Matt Langel.
The extension will keep him on the Colgate sidelines through 2027.
Under Langel, the Raiders had arguably its best season in program history in 2018-19, setting a record for wins after going 24-11 and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 23 years.
This past season saw the Raiders finish with 20 wins for the first time in program history, also setting records with 13 Patriot League wins and 15 home wins.
It was the second year in a row that Colgate has set program records in wins, ending the 2017-18 campaign at 19-14.
Langel was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year for the second season in a row, and was also named NABC District 13 Coach of the Year.
He lead the Raiders to a Patriot League Championship beating two-time defending champion, Bucknell 94-80 in the title game in order to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996, where they had a strong showing, taking two-seed Tennessee right down to the wire in a 77-70 first round defeat.
In eight years at Colgate, Langel has an overall record of 114-142. Though in the last two seasons, the Raiders have gone 43-25 with a 25-11 record in Patriot League play. In the last five years, Colgate has become one of the premier teams in the conference, with a 54-36 record, two second place regular season finishes, a runner-up finish in the 2017-18 Patriot League tournament, and a regular season/tournament title sweep this year.
He is second all-time on Colgate's wins per year list with 14.25, trailing only William Reid (1920-28) with 14.78.
"I am so very pleased and excited that Coach Langel will be leading our program into the future," said Dr. Nicki W. Moore, Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics. "The diligence, patience, integrity and intelligence Matt and his staff have shown over the past eight years has resulted in its own reward – a program with excellent young men who are strong students and who are winners in every sense of the word.
"This program's trajectory is strong, and there is still such good work to do as we build a winning tradition for Colgate Basketball."
Langel voiced his excitement for the new deal, and for remaining on the sidelines at Cotterell Court for years to come.
"I'm honored that this very special university has recognized what our staff and student-athletes have accomplished and the impact successful programs can have on a close knit college and its community," Langel said. "Obviously, it's been a really special year. All that our team was able to accomplish as individuals but more important collectively is getting a lot of recognition.
"I'm immeasurably proud of them but also a number of the guys who came before them and who worked tirelessly to develop the culture we have in place now that led to the results we had this season. How our guys were able to represent Colgate University on a national stage on the floor, in the media, under the brightest of lights and on the grandest stage, is really a testament to where the program is."
Moore said that while this year was one to remember, she has full confidence in Coach Langel to continue build a path of further success.
"This team represents one chapter in a rich Colgate Men's Basketball history," she said. "With Matt at the helm, and our students, alumni and fans behind us, I believe our best days are yet to come."
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