Tennessee Tech head coach Steve Payne gets extension

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Tennessee Tech head coach Steve Payne received a contract extension through 2019, according to a release from the school. Women’s basketball head coach Jim Davis received an extension through 2019 as well.

Payne is in his fourth year as head coach of the Golden Eagles after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach.

“I am excited to be able to continue what we’ve started, and excited about the direction our program is headed,” Payne said in the release. “I’m grateful that the leadership of our university and our athletic department feels the same way.

Payne is 48-47 in three seasons and 23-25 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The 45-year-old Payne now gets some backing from the school and it should benefit him in recruiting with additional job security.

“I think we have only seen the tip of the iceberg of what we can do in Athletics at Tennessee Tech, and within our men’s basketball program,” Payne said in the release. “I appreciate the loyalty and the faith that they’ve placed in me.”

Tennessee Tech is projected to finish in the middle of the pack of the East Division of the OVC. They return three starters from a 17-16 effort in 2013-14.