Washington State University and Head Soccer Coach Todd Shulenberger has agreed to a restructured contract, Cougars Interim Director of Athletics John Johnson announced Tuesday. Shulenberger's agreement will run through 2023.
"I am excited to announce the contract extension for Todd as he has taken the program to a new level," said Johnson. "Todd has progressively developed the program and has provided outstanding leadership as the head coach of the soccer program. We are pleased to recognize his hard work and dedication to Washington State with this extension and look forward to future success."
Shulenberger led the Cougars to the NCAA Third Round for the first time in school history in 2017 after dispatching No. 8 UCF, 1-0, in the opening round and No. 20 Tennessee in a shootout in round two. The Cougs bid to the NCAA championships was the second in three seasons under Shulenberger while picking up WSU's first postseason win since the 2009. On the year, the Cougars proved to be one of the best defensive teams in the country posting the second-most shutouts in school history with 11, five of which came against the nation's top-25 and two against the top-10. Facing one of the toughest schedules in all of Division I soccer, the Cougs finished the season 4-4-2 against the top-25 while knocking off a pair of top-10 teams including handing then-undefeated and No. 2 ranked UCLA its first loss in nearly a calendar year.
""It's definitely a special time to be a part of WSU soccer," said Shulenberger. "This record setting season was a complete effort from the entire soccer staff and all student-athletes on this team. I am very thankful to Anne McCoy, John Johnson and President Schulz for the continued support and trusting in me to move this program forward."
The Cougars will look to build on their sweet 16 run in 2018 when they bring back nine of 11 starters while graduating just four players.