TAMPA, FL (USF Communications)University of SouthFlorida head women’s basketball coach Jose Fernandez and head men’s soccer coach George Kiefer have signed contract extensions, USF Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard announced on Friday. Fernandez’s contract will now run through the 2017-18 season, while Kiefer’s has been extended through the 2017 season. 

“Jose has taken our women’s basketball program to new heights under his leadership, including last season’s trip to the NCAA Tournament,” Woolard said. “George has built our men’s soccer program into a national power that is competing not only for conference championships, but national championships. We’re excited to see both of them continue to build off of their success in the coming years.” 

Through 13 years as USF’s head coach, Fernandez turned a team that had never been to the postseason into a perennial contender. The Bulls have qualified for postseason play in nine of the last 10 seasons, including USF’s only two NCAA tournament appearances. 

Fernandez, who is the program’s all-time leader in victories, gave USF its first national championship in 2009 when the Bulls topped Kansas for the WNIT title. He topped that in 2012-13 by picking up 22 wins (including his 200th-career victory) and leading USF to the brink of the Sweet 16. USF beat Texas Tech in the first round of the tournament before losing overtime to California, which went on to the Final Four. USF’s win over Texas Tech was the first NCAA Tournament win in USF women’s basketball history. 

Boasting a 211-195 overall record, Fernandez’ Bulls hold a .569 winning percentage over the past five seasons, including a pair of 20-win seasons in 2008-09 and 2012-13. Fernandez is responsible for seven of USF’s 10 winning seasons in the last 35 years, and is the only Bulls’ coach to win at least 19 games, accomplishing the feat six times. 

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that Athletic Director Doug Woolard and President Genshaft have given my staff, players and I,” said Fernandez. “We have unlimited success in front of us here, with incredible facilities in the MumaCenter and a brand new arena in the Sun Dome. I look forward to what is ahead for our program and expect to make our University and the city of Tampa proud. My goal is to contend for conference titles, and as a result, position this program to compete for national championships.” 

During Kiefer’s 11 seasons at the helm of USF men’s soccer, the Bulls have reached the NCAA Tournament seven times, including each of the past six seasons. He has also led the program to two of its three Elite Eight appearances in 2008 and ‘11. 

Kiefer led the team to a pair of Big East Red Division Titles in 2005 and ‘11 as well as a Big East Tournament Title in ‘08. 

With a record of 123-62-32, Kiefer ranks second in USF soccer history in terms of career victories behind Dan Holcomb. During his tenure, he has guided the Bulls to seven seasons of 10-or-more wins and five with 13-or-more victories. 

The Bulls have performed their best against some of the nation’s top competition, posting a 28-20-5 record against ranked opponents under Kiefer. 

He also guided the Bulls to the nation's longest home unbeaten streak, a stretch of 30 games without a defeat at the USF Soccer Stadium. Overall, USF has been nearly unbeatable at home with a record of 74-17-15 under Kiefer. 

A total of 43 all-conference selections have been honored under Kiefer as well as 19 NSCAA All-South Region selections, a Big East Offensive Player of the Year, four Freshman All-Americans, three Conference USA Freshmen of the Year and three NSCAA All-Americans. 

In addition, Kiefer’s teams have been stellar in the classroom. The Bulls have received the NSCAA Team Academic Award four times, in 2003-04, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11. Two of his student-athletes, Zak Boggs and Francisco Aristeguieta, earned the BIG EAST Conference’s highest academic honor, the BIG EAST Male Scholar Athlete of the Year following the 2008 and ’09 seasons. Kiefer has led four Big East Scholar Athlete Award winners and a COSIDA Academic All-American. 

“This is a credit to the strong staff we have at USF, the student-athletes and the great support of our fans,” said Kiefer. “We’ve had a strong run up to this point and we’re inches away from winning a national championship. We look forward to continuing to build on the success we’ve had and I’m extremely excited for what’s to come for this program.”