STORRS, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Connecticut has signed women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma to a new five-year, $10.86 million contract designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season.
The 59-year-old Hall of Famer, who has coached at UConn for the past 28 seasons, will make $1.95 million in salary, speaking fees and media fees in the next year. That will gradually increase to $2.4 million in the final year of the contract.
He also can earn bonuses for winning conference championships, advancing in the NCAA tournament and winning another national title. Auriemma has led the Huskies to seven national championships and 13 Final Fours.
“The last 28 years at Connecticut have been amazing and I am even more energized by what the future holds for our women’s basketball program and our athletic department as a whole,” Auriemma said in a statement.
The contract takes effect on April 15, after this year’s tournament.
“As I have said before, UConn has been great, is great, and will be great in the future and Geno Auriemma is a big reason for that,” UConn athletics director Warde Manuel said. “Geno has developed student-athletes that have shown excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community. His beliefs and values go hand-in-hand with what we all believe our Division of Athletics should strive for in the future.”
The Huskies (31-4) play Maryland in Saturday’s Bridgeport Region semifinal.
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