Bucs’ Forbes receives contract enhancement
ETSU head coach Steve Forbes led the Bucs to an impressive 24 wins and a postseason berth in his first season.
Bucs’ Forbes receives contract enhancement
Monday, April 11, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 11, 2016) – The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday that men's basketball head coach Steve Forbes has received a contract enhancement following a successful 2015-16 season. 

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander said Forbes will receive a $30,000 increase to his base salary. In his first year at ETSU, Forbes guided the Buccaneers to a 24-win season, a trip to the Southern Conference Tournament title game, and a berth in the Vegas 16 postseason event. 

"Clearly our program took a huge step forward this season and Coach Forbes has certainly set a new standard for our team," Sander said. "This enhancement is our way of showing our commitment to Coach Forbes and our appreciation for what the team accomplished this past season."

Forbes said he is proud to be the head coach at ETSU and appreciates the support he and his team have received since being hired a year ago.

"I’m truly appreciative of the unwavering support I receive on a daily basis from Dr. Noland, Dr. Sander and Scott Carter," said Forbes, who was a finalist for the Joe B. Hall Award, which goes to the best first-year head coach in the nation. "We have an unbelievable working relationship and we share a common vision in regards to the future of our program. Our administrative support, coupled with our passionate and loyal fan base, makes the future of ETSU basketball very bright."

Some of the Buccaneers’ 2015-16 season highlights included:

  • 24 wins (3rd most wins in school history)
  • Eight-win improvement over the previous season
  • 83rd in the NCAA national RPI (compared to 192 in 2014-15)
  • Win over Georgia Tech from the ACC
  • 14th postseason trip in school history – NCAAs (9), NIT (2), CIT (2), Vegas 16 (1)
  • Won 11 of last 14 and 19 of last 25 games during the season.
  • 17th 20-win season in program history
  • Ge’Lawn Guyn and T.J. Cromer earned All-SoCon Selections (14 straight seasons of having a player named to a postseason team)
  • A 25 percent increase in total ticket revenue this season over the 2014-15 campaign
  • A 20 percent increase in total attendance this season over the 2014-15 campaign

For more on ETSU men's basketball throughout the offseason, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men's hoops link.