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News: Xavier extends Brian Neal through 2019

Xavier has announced that they've given head coach Brian Neal an extension, that will run through the 2019 season. Neal just completed his second season with the Musketeers, and led them to an 18-15 record.

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Earlier today, Xavier announced that they've given a contract extension to head coach Brian Neal, it will run through the 2018-19 season. Neal led the Musketeers to 18 wins this season, after posting just eight last year. Here is part of the release:

Xavier University Director of Athletics Greg Christopher has announced the contract of head women's basketball coach Brian Neal has been extended through the 2018-19 season. Neal recently wrapped up his second season as head coach, leading the team to an 18-15 record and a postseason tournament.

"The turnaround of our women's program is on track," said Christopher. "Brian and his staff led the team through an important year. A winning campaign and postseason tournament experience were significant steps in building a successful program. While there is still work to be done and we have championship expectations, Brian has a strong foundation for the future."

Neal led the team to a 10-win improvement from a year ago (18-15 vs. 8-23), finishing the year ranked ninth nationally in win improvement. Xavier also posted a winning season and participated in a postseason tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.

Neal just completed his second season with Xavier.