Now that Mark Schmidt has moved on from Boston College, St. Bonaventure is looking to extend his contract.
Schmidt’s current deal runs through the 2018-19 season and the Bonnies hope to extend the coach another two years, according to a source.
“We are thrilled that Mark has decided to continue as the head coach of our men’s basketball program,” St. Bonaventure athletics director Steve Watson said in a statement released by the school. “He has done a remarkable job of building the program. We hope Mark will be our coach for a long time, and to that end, we have started discussions about an extension of our commitment to him.”
ESPN reported Tuesday that Schmidt was no longer a candidate to be the next coach at Boston College, his alma mater. A source confirmed that Schmidt spoke with former South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler, whose search firm is working on behalf of Boston College. According to the source, Boston College AD Brad Bates did not ask St. Bonaventure for permission to speak with Schmidt, a common practice among ADs, although Bates was not obligated to.
Fogler spoke directly to Schmidt, who kept Watson apprised of the proceedings, the source said. Neither Schmidt nor Watson were available for comment.
Schmidt has a 106-109 record at St. Bonaventure and in 2012 he led the Bonnies to their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2000. Schmidt played at Boston College from 1981-85.
“It is an honor to be the head coach at St. Bonaventure,” Schmidt said in a statement. “This is a fantastic university with passionate fans in a community my family and I are proud to call home.”