Jan 3, 2014; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; Southern Miss Golden Eagles guard Jerrold Brooks (23) and forward Michael Craig (24) grab a rebound during the second half of their game against the Drexel Dragons at Reed Green Coliseum. Southern Miss won, 66-49. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall signs new four-year contract

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis announced today that men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has agreed to terms on a new four-year contract that will run through the 2017-18 season.

The second-year head coach has posted a 40-12 record for the Golden Eagles, reaching the 40-win plateau quicker than any previous Southern Miss basketball coach.

“I am very pleased that Coach Tyndall has reaffirmed his commitment to Southern Miss,” said McGillis. “There is no doubt that this is where he wants to be, and, obviously, where we want him to be. I’m excited for Donnie and his family, the young men in our basketball program and our terrific fans.

“Donnie is an outstanding leader of young men,” McGillis continued. “He has set a very high standard for them both on and off the court. That comes from his commitment to developing each and every one of his players’ talents as students, basketball players and men. He expects excellence, and he gives every ounce of energy he has in developing each and every one of his players to their fullest potential.”

Tyndall led the Golden Eagles to a Division I school-record 27 victories and into the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) quarterfinal round in his first season at the helm a year ago. That squad broke 44 school records during that season.

This season, Tyndall has Southern Miss on the brink of the Top 25 for the first time in 23 years with a 13-2 record.

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