Cleveland State rewards Waters with 7-year contract

Cleveland State University rewarded Gary Waters with a new seven-year contract on Thursday that will keep him as head coach through the 2018-19 season.

Waters' new deal replaces the one he received in 2009.

Since taking over as head coach in 2006, Waters has guided Cleveland State to a 122-82 record with four 20-win seasons during that span.

The 2007-08 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Waters led the Vikings to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. He has also led the Vikings to the National Invitational Tournament in 2008, 2011 and 2012 and a pair of Horizon League regular-season championships (2009, 2011).

"I am excited about the commitment that Cleveland State has made to me and my family," Waters said. "With this vote of confidence by President [Ronald] Berkman, Director of Athletics John Parry and the Cleveland State community, it will allow me to basically finish out my career here at Cleveland State. I love Cleveland and I love Cleveland State University and it's a marriage made in heaven. I look forward to the challenges and goals we will set to continue to make this a very successful program."

Cleveland State opens the regular season against Grambling State on Friday.