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WSU agrees to contract extension with head soccer coach Todd Shulenberger

Coach Shulenberger took WSU soccer to new heights during his tenure in Pullman. Now, he has plenty of chances to try and surpass that mark.

PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 24: Washington State women’s soccer celebrates senior night against UCLA, resulting in a 1-1 draw - Todd Schulenberger Jack Ellis/CougCenter

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s Washington State was very clearly a football school. After that, Tony Bennett turned WSU into a basketball school. Today, you aren’t going to find a more consistently successful program wearing crimson and gray than the women’s soccer team. This week, Pat Chun and WSU athletics took a major step to try and keep it that way.

On Tuesday, WSU announced that they have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with head women’s soccer coach Todd Shulenberger that will keep him at the helm of the Cougs until at least 2026.

Through seven seasons, Shulenberger’s Cougar teams have far surpassed all expectations. Under his leadership, WSU has booked their postseason ticked five times. His tenure, of course, is headlined by the 2019 campaign that saw the team pick up 16 victories in a magical run that ended with WSU’s first ever trip to the College Cup final four.

“Coach Shulenberger has established one of the best soccer programs in the nation,” Pat Chun said in WSU’s official release. “His teams are filled with extraordinarily talented student-athletes who lead, win and compete at the highest levels. He’s simply one of the best coaches in the country and we are fortunate to have him leading our program for many years to come.”

Throughout his seven seasons on the Palouse, Shulenberger’s Cougs have posted an overall record of 82-42-15. That win total is the second most among any coach in program history. One of the most impressive things he’s done during his time in Pullman is how he’s recruited. Just two weeks ago, he signed a top-10 recruiting class in the nation, and it’s not the first time he’s done that. The players have also gone on to succeed at the next level. Five current NWSL players were in the program at one point including former number 2 overall picks Morgan Weaver (2020) and Trinity Rodman (2021), who never played for the Cougs, but very likely would have had the 2020 season not been pushed into the spring.

”I would like to thank President Schulz, Pat Chun and Anne McCoy for their continued support of our program,” said Shulenberger in WSU’s release. “The program continues to excel both in the classroom and on the field. Our goals each season are to compete at the top of the Pac-12 Conference and nationally, and we will continue pushing forward to achieve those.”

WSU’s season came to a disappointing end on Friday against Tennessee. But, with this extension news, their future is brighter than ever.

Cougars Announce Contract Extension for Soccer Coach Todd Shulenberger - Washington State University Athletics
Head Coach Todd Shulenberger signs contract extension through the 2026 season.

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