|Nevada coach Mark Fox gets contract extension|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 22 June 2007 15:33|
By Fox's request, the deal includes no new raises. It was approved Thursday by Nevada's board of regents.
Fox, a three-time Western Athletic Conference coach of the year has taken the Wolf Pack to an 81-18 record in his three seasons, winning the conference each time.
Nevada was knocked out of this year's NCAA tournament by Memphis after a first-round victory over Creighton. The Wolf Pack lost to Montana in the first round last year, and were bounced from the 2005 tournament by Illinois after a first-round victory over Texas.
``Basically, he's done a great job,'' Regent Jason Geddes of Reno said. ``He's active in the community, and his students have had a great graduation record as well. You couldn't ask for anything better in a coach.''
Fox makes a base salary of $400,000, plus an extra $100,000 paid by boosters. He got that raise after he talked with Nebraska about a job opening in August.
``Coach made it clear to President (Milton) Glick and me that he wanted a term extension only,'' Nevada athletic director Cary Groth said. ``We also talked about providing more academic support for our student-athletes and the possibility of building a practice facility.''
Fox also gets an annual $25,000 increase that was in his previous contract and other perks and performance bonuses, including $50,000 for winning the NCAA championship. Like most coaches, he has the opportunity to earn outside income through endorsements, camps, and shoe and apparel deals.
The contract also includes a clause requiring Fox to pay the university $250,000 if he quits before July 2011.
``Cary Groth and President Glick have shown their commitment towards building on the success we have achieved,'' Fox said Friday after returning from a family vacation to Hawaii.