Western Carolina gives Speir four-year extension

Cullowhee, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Western Carolina University has rewarded
football coach Mark Speir with a four-year contract extension following the
Catamounts’ first winning season since 2005.

Speir had been entering the final year of a four-year contract, but the new
deal begins on July 1, 2016 and will run through June 2020

The Catamounts finished 7-5 last season, their first winning record since 2005
and the most wins since 2001. With a 5-2 mark in the Southern Conference, they
tied for second place to match the best finish in school history.

“Mark and his staff have not simply found success on the football field, but
have experienced great success in the classroom as well. The focus on the
‘student-athlete’ is exactly what we needed to turn this football team around,”
WCU athletic director Randy Eaton said. “I realized the impact Mark has made in
three short years, and I wanted to ensure he and his wife, Paige, remained part
of the Catamount family for the foreseeable future.”

Speir, a finalist for the 2014 Eddie Robinson Award given to the FCS coach of
the year, has a 10-25 record in three seasons with the Catamounts.