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CEDAR FALLS — University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball coach Tanya Warren has agreed to a two-year contract extension through March 31, 2023.
“I am humbled, blessed and extremely thankful to David Harris, Christina Roybal and President Mark Nook for entrusting me to continue to lead this program over the next several years,” Warren said. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with my staff as we strive daily to help our young women develop both on and off the floor.”
Warren, who is the all-time wins leader at UNI with 186 career victories, guided the Panthers to their third NCAA tournament appearance in 2016-17. The Panthers posted 24 wins for the second consecutive season and earned the program’s first at-large berth into the NCAA tournament. UNI was a No. 10 seed and played No. 7-seeded DePaul in Starkville, Miss.
“Tanya continues to do a phenomenal job with our women’s basketball program,” UNI Director of Athletics David Harris said. “From last year’s regular season Missouri Valley Conference championship to earning our first-ever NCAA at large bid this year, we have enjoyed great on court success. Additionally, the accomplishments of our student-athletes in the classroom are among the best in the nation. Tanya is a great fit for our institution, and we are fortunate to have her as our head coach. We look forward to working with her for years to come.”
The Des Moines native is a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year. She has led UNI to 17 or more wins in eight straight years and an upper-half finish in the MVC in each of the last eight seasons — both of which are the longest active streaks in the MVC.
Warren’s efforts also have been strong in the classroom as the Panthers have finished in the top 15 in the country in team grade-point average in seven of the last eight seasons. Under Warren’s direction, the Panthers have earned the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award four times (Jacqui Kalin in 2011, 2013; Madison Weekly in 2016, 2017).