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Youngstown State men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun (center) talks with his team prior to a game during the regular season. YSU hosts Morgan State tonight in the opening round of The Basketball Classic.

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State announced via press release Thursday it has extended the contract of men’s basketball head coach Jerrod Calhoun through the 2026-27 season.

Calhoun, who took over at YSU in 2017, has guided the Penguins to three consecutive winning campaigns, the first coach to do so in nearly 40 years.

YSU athletic director Ron Strollo said in the release, “Coach Calhoun and his staff have developed a great culture among our student-athletes, both academically and athletically, and our student-athletes and our coaches have made a tremendous impact on our community. He has done a great job building outstanding young men, and I think our community has really supported Jerrod and Sarah and their family. We’re excited about the upcoming season and what else lies ahead in the future.”

The Penguins are coming off of a 19-15 season in which they participated in The Basketball Classic, the second postseason tournament appearance for YSU in three years. The season YSU did not participate in the postseason was the 2019-20 campaign, in which COVID-19 canceled all postseason tournaments.

In the release, Calhoun said, “I want to thank YSU President Jim Tressel, Athletics Director Ron Strollo, and our Board of Trustees for their trust in me to lead our team and their commitment to our men’s basketball program. My family and I love being here at Youngstown State, and the Youngstown community has truly embraced us. We are grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and look to build upon the successes we have achieved here.”

Youngstown State has had a busy offseason, as Calhoun stockpiled a transfer class that includes former Northern Kentucky forward Adrian Nelson, Canisius forward Malek Green, Fairleigh Dickinson guard Brandon Rush and Eastern Michigan guard Bryce McBride.

YSU will begin its upcoming season Nov. 7 at Canisius.

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