CLEVELAND, Ohio – Entering the upcoming 2015-16 season, Cleveland State women's basketball head coach Kate Peterson Abiad has earned a five-year contract extension. Peterson Abiad, who has one year left on her current contract, will now be with the Vikings through the 2020-21 season.
The 2015-16 season will mark Peterson Abiad's 13th season at the helm of the Vikings.
Peterson Abiad is the all-time winningest coach in program history, entering the 2015-16 season with 164 career victories. She has led the Vikings to five 19-win seasons and four postseason appearances (NCAA First Round: 2010 & 2008, WNIT First Round: 2015, WBI Second Round: 2011).
Under Peterson Abiad the Vikings have captured two Horizon League Championships (2008 & 2010), earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament following both seasons. Along with the two tournament titles, the Vikings have advanced to the semifinals of the league championship three times and set a program record for league wins during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
Four of Peterson Abiad's recruits have left the Cleveland State program as career record holders – Kailey Klein (Points, Free Throws Made, Free Throws Attempted), Shalonda Winton (Rebounds, Offensive Rebounds, Games Started), Cori Coleman (Three-Point Field Goals, Three-Point Field Goals Attempted), Shawnita Garland (Games Played) – while four players have also set single-season records. Ten players have joined the 1,000 point club under her guidance, including Kailey Klein who became the program's all-time leading scorer following the 2009-10 season, finishing her career with 2,140 points.
Throughout her 12 seasons at Cleveland State, Peterson Abiad has mentored seven All-League First & Second Team honorees, three All-Defensive Team members and four All-Newcomer Team honorees. She has also had four players earn major awards from the Horizon League during her tenure – Kailey Klein (Player of the Year: 2009, Newcomer of the Year: 2007, Preseason Player of the Year: 2009), Shawnita Garland (Defensive Player of the Year: 2011 & 2009), Dominique Butler (Defensive Player of the Year: 2008 & 2009), and Shalonda Winton (Defensive Player of the Year: 2013).