After delivering the program’s best season in over a decade, Loyola women’s soccer head coach Barry Bimbi has been given an extension through the 2022 season Feb. 28, Loyola Athletics announced Thursday morning. The athletics department didn’t disclose the financial terms of the extension at the time of publication.
In his eighth season with the program, Bimbi led the Ramblers to an 11-7-1 record, a Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Championship and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. In a statement, Athletics Director Steve Watson said retaining Bimbi is key to continued success.
“We are excited to announce a contract extension for Barry,” Watson said. “Barry has proven himself to be a tremendous leader and motivator of young women during his time here. It’s great to reward him for his hard work and dedication.”
Bimbi, the 2018 MVC Coach of the Year, has amassed a 24-14-1 record over the past two seasons. In a statement, Bimbi said he’s happy to be extended and continue to lead the Ramblers for at least four more seasons.
“I feel very humbled and blessed to continue to lead the Loyola women’s soccer program,” Bimbi said. “I am grateful to Steve Watson and Loyola for having the confidence in me to continue to develop great ambassadors of Loyola and to build on our recent successes.”
Bimbi and Watson weren’t immediately available for further comment.