Austin Peay State University Corey Gipson agrees to contract extension through 2027-28 – Clarksville Online

Clarksville, TN – After orchestrating the biggest turnaround in the Atlantic Sun Conference and in program history, while leading the program to its first ASUN Conference Championship appearance, became the head basketball coach for Austin Peay State University (APSU) Corey Gipson has agreed to a contract extension through the 2027-28 season, Austin Peay State University vice president and director of athletics Gerald Harrison announced Wednesday.

“It’s a great day to be in government, because we’re announcing it Corey Gipson will remain our head basketball coach for many years to come,” said Harrison. “When Coach Gipson returned to Austin Peay, we said he was a winner and a man who believes in the principles of the ‘Total Gov Concept.’ From his program’s consistent work in the community to winning 19 games in his first season, advancing to the ASUN Championship game and more, he has really energized the community and brought Austin Peay State University basketball back.”

“It’s clear that Coach Gipson and his family want to be a part of this community, they believe in Austin Peay State University and want to grow our program into one of the top mid-major programs in the country. We want to reward their commitment and continue to support him on this trip! I look forward to Clarksville’s hometown team competing for and winning championships under his leadership!” Harrison stated.

A two-time graduate of Austin Peay State University who won three Ohio Valley Conference titles in his two seasons playing for the Governors, Gipson also served as an assistant coach to Dave Loos from 2012-15. In March 2023, after seven years away from his alma mater, he returned home and led Austin Peay basketball to a historic 2023-24 campaign.

With Gipson at the helm, the Governors posted 19 wins and a trip to the 2024 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in their first postseason run as a member of the ASUN. The 10-win improvement from before Gipson’s arrival was the best in the league and the second-best in the Governors’ Division I Era – dating back to 1963. The 19 wins also tied for the most by a head coach in his first season.

“Our four-year-old daughter, Frankie, got two shots yesterday and said, ‘Daddy, I’m bleeding red,'” Gipson said. “As a family, we bleed red and are very grateful to be under the leadership of President Dr. Licari and Gerald Harrison.”

Gipson brought in an NCAA-best 13 newcomers to serve as the backbone of his first roster. The additions were highlighted by DeMarcus Sharps historic season in which the point guard became the first player to earn All-ASUN honors – and the 100th all-conference selection in program history – with his third Team All-ASUN recognition.

In addition, he was also an ASUN Championship All-Tournament Team honoree Desi Jones earned a league-best four ASUN Newcomer of the Week picks. In addition,Said Witt became the first government to become ASUN Sixth Man of the Year.

In Gipson’s first season, the Governors broke 13 program records, including the single-season marks in three-pointers (277) and attempts (768), with the perimeter rusher led by Yes’Monta Black.

During his season at Clarksville, Black broke Austin Peay State University single-season records for three-pointers (113) and attempts (286), as well as minutes played (1,251). Black’s 113 triples tied for fourth in the NCAA in 2023-24, as the graduated guard finished his college career tied for 30th all-time in Division I history with 393 career triples.

Gipson and the Governors also took care of business on their home turf this inaugural season at F&M Bank Arena. The 14 home wins tied for the most in program history and was only the third time this feat had been accomplished in program history.

Gipson’s first win as Austin Peay State University’s head coach came in the program’s first game in the new F&M Bank Arena, when the Governors defeated Life, 90-72, on Nov. 6. Just one month later, he led the Governors to a 53-49 win over rival Murray State, with a 5,000-plus attendance, the program’s highest since the 1976-77 season.

After finishing fourth in the ASUN standings after the regular season, Gipson and the Governors hosted the first-ever postseason game held at F&M Bank Arena, defeating North Florida, 101-98 in the ASUN Championship quarterfinals, marking APSU’s first ASUN Championship win. Two days later, the Governors earned their first berth in the ASUN Championship game after defeating North Alabama, 77-71, at F&M Bank Arena.

Off the court, Gipson has energized the Clarksville-Montgomery County community, as the program has tallied over 480 community service hours since arriving in Clarksville.

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