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Austin Peay State University, Corey Gipson agree to contract extension through 2027-28 – Clarksville Online

By meerna Jul11,2024
Austin Peay State University, Corey Gipson agree to contract extension through 2027-28 – Clarksville Online

APSU Men's BasketballClarksville, Tennessee – After orchestrating the biggest turnaround in the Atlantic Sun Conference and program history, and leading the program to its first ASUN Conference Championship appearance, Austin Peay State University (APSU) head basketball coach Corey Gipson has agreed to a contract extension through the 2027-28 season, Austin Peay State University Vice President and Athletic Director Gerald Harrison announced Wednesday.

“This is a great day for the governor as we announce that Corey Gipson will remain our head basketball coach for the next several years,” said Harrison. “When coach Gipson came back to Austin Peay, we said he was a winner and a man who believed in the Total Gov Concept. From his program’s consistent work in the community to winning 19 games in his first season, advancing to the ASUN Championship Game and so much more, he truly energized the community and brought basketball back to Austin Peay State University.”



“It is clear that Coach Gipson and his family want to be a part of this community, believe in Austin Peay State University and want to grow our program into one of the top mid-major programs in the country. We want to reward their commitment and continue to support him on this journey! I can’t wait to see Clarksville’s Hometown Team compete and win championships under his leadership!” Harrison stated.

A two-time graduate of Austin Peay State University who won three Ohio Valley Conference titles during his two seasons with the Governors, Gipson also served as an assistant coach under Dave Loos from 2012-15. In March 2023, after a seven-year absence from his alma mater, he returned home and led Austin Peay basketball to a historic 2023-24 campaign.

With Gipson at the helm, the Governors posted 19 wins and advanced to the 2024 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in their first postseason run as a member of the ASUN. The 10-win improvement since Gipson’s arrival was the best in the league and second-best in the Governors’ Division I era, which dates back to 1963. The 19 wins also tied for the most by a head coach in their first season.

“Our four-year-old daughter, Frankie, got two shots yesterday and said, ‘Daddy, I’m bleeding red,’” Gipson said. “As a family, we’re bleeding red, and we’re so grateful to be under the leadership of President Dr. Licari and Gerald Harrison.”

Gipson brought back 13 NCAA freshmen to form the core of his starting lineup, and those additions were highlighted by DeMarcus Sharp’s historic season, in which the point guard became the first player to earn All-ASUN honors — and the 100th All-Conference selection in program history — with his third Team All-ASUN honor.



He was also named to the ASUN Championship All-Tournament Team, while Dezi Jones received four ASUN Newcomer of the Week nominations, a league-high four. Sai Witt also became the first governor to be named ASUN Sixth Man of the Year.

In Gipson’s first season, the Governors broke or tied 13 program records, including three-pointers made (277) and three-point field goal attempts (768) in a season, led by Ja’Monta Black in perimeter attack.

During his season in Clarksville, Black broke Austin Peay State University single-season records for three-pointers made (113) and attempted (286), as well as minutes played (1,251). Black’s 113 three-pointers ranked fourth in the NCAA for the 2023-24 season, and the graduating guard ranked 30th in Division I history with 393 career three-pointers.

Gipson and Governors also took care of business on the home court during this inaugural season at F&M Bank Arena. The 14 home wins tied the most in program history and were only the third time that feat had been accomplished in program history.

Gipson’s first victory as Austin Peay State University head coach came in the program’s first game at the new F&M Bank Arena, when the Governors defeated Life 90-72 on November 6. Just one month later, he led the Governors to a 53-49 victory over rival Murray State with more than 5,000 in attendance, the program’s highest attendance since the 1976-77 season.





After finishing fourth in the ASUN standings after the regular season, Gipson and the Governors hosted their first postseason game at F&M Bank Arena, where they defeated North Florida 101–98 in the ASUN Championship quarterfinals, marking APSU’s first ASUN Championship win. Two days later, the Governors earned first place in the ASUN Championship game after defeating North Alabama 77–71 at F&M Bank Arena.

Off the field, Gipson is a force for good in the Clarksville and Montgomery County community. Since arriving in Clarksville, he has logged more than 480 hours of service with the program.

To stay up to date with the latest Austin Peay State University basketball news and updates during the offseason, follow the team on X, Instagram, and Facebook, and be sure to check out LetsGoPeay.com.

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