Colgate University Head Women’s Basketball Coach Ganiyat Adeduntan has signed a contract extension through the 2027-28 season, announced Monday by Interim Vice President and Director of Athletics Yariv Amir ’01.
“We are excited to know that Coach G will continue to lead our program for the next five seasons,” said Amir. “The growth of our program and student-athletes over the last two seasons has been tremendous under Coach G’s leadership. You can sense an energy and excitement around her team and can feel that the program is at a jumping-off point for great things in the future.”
The contract extension highlights Colgate’s commitment to Adeduntan, who in her second season orchestrated one of the greatest single-season improvements in program history. Colgate increased its win total by 10 games in 2022-23, finishing 16-14 overall and 10-8 in Patriot League play to secure the No. 4 seed in the Patriot League tournament. The only Colgate women’s basketball team to have a better single-season turnaround was the 2003-04 championship squad that went from 8-19 to 21-10.
“I would like to thank President Casey and Yariv Amir for their belief in me and their commitment to Colgate Women’s Basketball,” Adeduntan said. “I continue to be grateful and honored to be the leader of the Colgate women’s basketball program, and I am appreciative of the support from everyone in and outside of our department.”
Colgate finished over .500 against Patriot League opponents for the third time since 2000. The Raiders capped the regular season on a four-game winning streak, highlighted by a 14-point win over Loyola in the finale, to go with regular-season sweeps of Lehigh and Navy.
One of the greatest factors contributing to last season’s success was Adeduntan’s defense, which ranked ninth nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense (25.6) and 12th in scoring defense (54.6) – good enough to lead the Patriot League in both categories.
Colgate saw improvements in nearly every statistical category last season, including scoring margin, rebounding, turnover margin, assist-turnover ratio, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. The Raiders ranked 24th nationally in turnovers per game (12.8).
Adeduntan has developed an All-Patriot League honoree and an All-Rookie selection during her two years at the helm. Colgate has also been well represented with academic honors, most recently placing 11 student-athletes on the Patriot League Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Well positioned for the future, Colgate returns its top six scorers and all five starters from last season, including junior Taylor Golembiewski who garnered All-Patriot League Second Team honors after averaging a team-best 12.7 points per game.
“I’m thankful that I get to work with a phenomenal staff and student-athletes who consistently strive for excellence both on and off the court, and truly make coaching at Colgate a lot of fun,” Adeduntan said. “I’m looking forward to building upon the growth we have made over the past two years.”