March 28, 2013

UConn signs women's basketball coach to a new contract

The Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma signed a new $10.86 million contract, a deal designed to keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season, UConn announced Wednesday.

The 59-year-old Hall of Famer, who has coached at UConn since 1985, 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 five-year contract.

The move comes about three months after the school signed its first-year men's coach, Kevin Ollie, to a five-year deal worth just under $7 million.

Auriemma also can earn a variety of bonuses based on the success of his program. He would get a half-month's salary each time he wins a conference regular-season or tournament title; another month's salary for making the NCAA tournament; a month's salary each time he makes the regional semifinals and the Final Four; and two months' salary for a national title.

Auriemma has led the Huskies to seven national championships and 13 Final Fours, including the last five. UConn has won 37 Big East regular-season or tournament championships under Auriemma.

Connecticut will play in a vastly different-looking conference next year in a league filled with nontraditional opponents including Temple, Central Florida, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Tulane.

The Huskies (31-4) play Maryland in Saturday's Bridgeport Region semifinal.

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