March 29, 2007
Houston - University of Houston Athletics Director Dave Maggard announced Wednesday that the contract for men's basketball head coach Tom Penders has been extended one year for the third straight year.
"Tom has improved the program very dramatically and feel certain that will continue," Maggard said. "We wanted to keep our continuity and we wanted to let everyone know of our confidence in what he is doing here. We are on the right track. If you look at his record the last three years, it has been superb and it is only going to get better."
Penders led the Cougars to their third straight winning season with an 18-15 record and best finish in Conference USA despite having to play most of the season without preseason All-Conference USA selection Lanny Smith in the lineup.
Houston ended the regular season in third place with a 10-6 league record, marking the first time the Cougars have won 10 C-USA games in a season.
He ended his third season with a 57-39 record at the school and a 584-400 career record. His 57 wins are the most by any third-year coach at UH and he reached the 50-win plateau in just 83 games, the shortest span in UH history.
Houston also adds 6-11 junior center Marcus Cousin (who sat out last season after transferring from Seton Hall) and early signees Horace McGloster, Brockeith Pane and DaShaun Williams. McGloster played at Genesis One Christian School in Mendenhall, Miss. last year, while Pane was an All-Area selection by the Dallas Morning News after averaging 24 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, and Williams averaged 17.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and ranked 22nd nationally with 6.2 assists per game at Monroe College in 2006-07.