Drexel Head Coach Zach Spiker has agreed to a multi-year contract extension, Drexel Athletics announced. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Spiker, the 26th head coach in Drexel history, recently completed his second season with the Dragons. He has increased their win total in each of his first two seasons. His team has averaged more than 74 points per game in each year, the two highest scoring years at Drexel since the team joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2001. In 2016-17, the Dragons made 256 three-pointers, the most in Drexel history. Spiker has had a player selected to the CAA’s All-Conference team, the All-Defensive team and the All-Rookie team.
“Zach has been tireless in his efforts leading our program over the last two seasons,” said Drexel Deputy Director of Athletics Nick Gannon. “The hard work and energy that Zach has put in over the last two years has established the foundation for long-term success. His championship vision for Drexel is contagious and we are excited to see the fruits of his labor in the years to come.”
“We are humbled and grateful for the commitment Drexel’s leadership has shown to our staff and players,” said Spiker. “We are excited to come to work every day to help our players grow and develop on and off the court as we strive towards a CAA Championship.”
Last season, the Dragons toppled American Athletic Conference-power Houston in the opening round of the Paradise Jam. Drexel also set an NCAA record by overcoming a 34-point deficit to defeat Delaware at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in February. It was the biggest come-from-behind win in NCAA history, breaking a record that stood for more than 67 years.
Spiker and his staff will have five new faces on campus beginning in August. They will join seven letterwinners from last year and two redshirts, giving the coach his deepest team since arriving at Drexel. The incoming class features three freshman, a junior college transfer and a graduate transfer. The entire team will get an early start on the season when the Dragons venture on a foreign tour to Australia in August.