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Beeman not letting contract status affect offseason approach

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - According to NCAA rules, Rainbow Wahine head basketball coach Laura Beeman can't knock on the door of potential recruits this week, but there are no restrictions saying universities can't knock on hers.

     After compiling a 34-28 record and leading the Bows' to a pair of WNIT bids in her two seasons, Beeman is viewed as a rising star in the coaching ranks.

     With one year remaining on her contract -- and a finalization of a new deal not on the immediate horizon -- there's concern from those within UH walls that it could be her final season.

     However, at the UH end of the season banquet on Sunday, Beeman told Hawaii News Now she wouldn't let a hypothetical situation affect how she builds and recruits for the program.

     "What I tell recruits is that my plan is to be here," says Beeman. "My plan is to grow this program. Any coach that looks a recruit in the eye and say they're never going to leave, I would look sideways at them. That's not your intent to leave. That's not where I'm going. I love it here. I want to stay here. But as a coach it's very difficult because you don't know who is going to come knocking on your door."

     When Beeman signed her three-year contract in 2012 her base salary was between 130-150 thousand dollars; not counting 14-performance based incentives.
     Nationally, the average salary is for a head coach in women's college hoops is 170-thousand bucks.