The University at Buffalo is doing its best to keep high-profile men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley in the fold for as long as possible.
UB announced a contract extension Tuesday for Hurley that runs through the 2018-2019 season.
The deal is a one-year extension. Hurley’s original contract, signed in March 2013, was for five years, through the 2017-2018 season. The new deal undoubtedly provides added compensation for the 43-year-old coach. His original deal called for a guaranteed annual base salary of $250,000.
Hurley is entering his second season as coach of the Bulls. His team went 19-10 last year and finished 13-5 in the Mid-American Conference.
Hurley spent three years as a college assistant coach before joining UB. The former all-time great point guard for Duke University had a five-year career in the NBA.
“I think he’s come in and hit the ground running, particularly with recruiting,” said Danny White, UB athletics director. “I thought he did a great job of making the best use of the talent he inherited with last year’s senior class. It was a pretty special season to get excited about. He and the staff have worked incredibly hard recruiting, and we’re seeing a higher level of talent come into our program.”
“We’re continuing to target extremely talented players across the country,” White said. “So we wanted to show our level of confidence and support in what we’re seeing every day from Bobby and his staff, and show the basketball community, nationally, from a recruiting perspective, how committed we are to Bobby’s leadership.”
Hurley and the Bulls open the 2014-15 season on Nov. 14, hosting South Dakota State.
“I want to thank Athletic Director Danny White and President Satish Tripathi for their continued support in my future as the leader of the UB men’s basketball program,” Hurley said in a statement. “Today’s contract extension solidifies the university’s commitment to building an elite college basketball program here in Western New York.”