Richard Pitino is being rewarded for turning around the Gophers in the 2016-17 campaign.
Minnesota announced Wednesday that its men’s basketball coach’s contract would be extended an additional year through the 2021-22 season. Pitino has gone 75-61 in four seasons with Minnesota, and his team won 24 games last season after notching just 8 wins during the 2015-16 season.
“I am extremely grateful to be the head coach at such a prestigious university. My family and I love living in the Twin Cities and look forward to continuing to build a strong men’s basketball program on and off the court,” Pitino said in a press release.
“I have loved getting to know and working with [athletic director] Mark Coyle this past year. Mark and President [Eric] Kaler’s commitment to athletics is second to none. The future of Gopher basketball is very bright and I am excited to be a part of it.”
Pitino, son of coaching legend Rick Pitino, is 34 and the second-youngest head coach at a Power 5 men’s basketball program.