Recent success for some Indiana University athletic teams may come as a refreshing change for fans used to hearing about coach turnover and losing seasons. The past years have been at times tumultuous for followers of IU’s sports teams, and from the 2007 recruiting scandal with men’s basketball coach Kevin Sampson to the unexpected death of football coach Terry Hoeppner, overturn in coaching staff has been more than common.
But speaking on WFIU’s Noon Edition, IU athletics director Fred Glass says he wants to hire coaches on long-term contracts because it brings stability to their programs. “I should probably look back and see what the average tenure of a head football coach at Indiana University is since Bill Mallory was here, but I’m guessing you would be measuring that more in months than years,” he says. “You can’t get traction in a program when your average coach is there 2 or 3 years.”
Glass says he’s leaning on those long-term contracts to turn around a few programs this year. IU hired women’s basketball coach Curt Miller on a 6-year contract to improve that team’s record. Before that, Glass had also given women’s coach Felisha Legette-Jack a 6-year contract, though he says it wasn’t wrong to give her that full contract and even an extension. He says he’s glad he gave Legette-Jack time to make changes to the program.
Glass says ultimately it was a mistake to extend her contract but says he’s looking forward to a season with new coach Curt Miller, who is credited with turning around Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball team.