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VSU Extends Lonnie Blow

Virginia State University has announced that Trojans’ head men’s basketball coach Lonnie Blow, Jr. has signed a contract extension through 2021. Blow led the Trojans to a 23-6 overall mark last season including winning VSU’s first CIAA Tournament title since 1989. The Trojans then posted a first round NCAA Div. II playoff win before ending its season with a loss to West Liberty. For his efforts he was named CIAA Coach of the Year.

Blow came to VSU in 2013 following a stint at St. Augustine’s University. During his three seasons as head coach, the Trojans have an overall record of 56-24 which extended his career coaching record to 118-54. He is the only coach to have won CIAA Tournament titles at two different schools. He won his first title at St. Augustine’s in 2010. “Coach Blow is a true leader for our men’s team,” said VSU President, Dr. Makola Abdullah. “Not only does he motivate them to excel on the court, but in the classroom as well. We are excited that he will remain an integral part of our Trojan family.”

“Virginia State University is fortunate to have a head men’s basketball coach of the caliber of Lonnie Blow, Jr.,” says VSU Director of Athletics Peggy Davis. “His leadership ability, coaching style, and all around commitment to our student-athletes’ academic success makes him the right fit for Virginia State University. We are proud that Coach Blow has made the commitment to continue to lead our men’s basketball team.”

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