CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University Director of Athletics Ken Beazer announced today that Thunderbird head football coach Ed Lamb's contract has been extended through the 2020 season.

Lamb, a finalist for the 2013 Eddie Robinson Award, led his team to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division I playoffs this season. The eight wins tied the most in a single season at Southern Utah and the playoff appearance was the school’s first since the school moved to four-year competition in 1963.

"I feel honored that Ken Beazer and (interim SUU President) Rich Kendall and the Board of Trustees would consider me worthy for a contract extension," Lamb said today. "I'm really excited about the team we have returning and the prospects for the future."

SUU football has enjoyed a wealth of success under Lamb as he has guided the team on a path that has seen it improve from the 0-11 squad he inherited to back-to-back winning seasons in 2010 and 2011 – including the 2010 Great West Conference championship team – and on to this year’s playoff appearance. He was also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which goes to the top coach in the NCAA Division I Football Championship subdivision – in 2010.

The 2013 season proved to be one of the best in program history as the team opened the season by capturing its second win over an FBS team (a 22-21 win at South Alabama) under Lamb, tied the single-season record with eight victories and earned the at-large berth in the NCAA playoffs after finishing third in the Big Sky with a conference mark of 5-3.

"Coach Lamb is a proven winner at this level, not only on the field, but with what he has been able to do with the development of our student-athletes off the field," Beazer said. "I'm looking forward to working with him in the years to come to build upon the foundation that he has established."

The contract extension is the second for Lamb with his original contract set for five years in 2008 and the first extension coming following the 2010 season.

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