Arkansas gives Heath one-year extension

Updated: August 16, 2005, 11:07 AM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles has agreed to extend the contract of basketball coach Stan Heath by one year.

Heath's team lost five of its last six games last season to finish 18-12 and Heath turned down a bid to the National Invitational Tournament. The one-year extension keeps Heath under contract through April 30, 2010. The extension is important for recruiting because it indicates a coach will be on hand for the length of a recruit's tenure.

Heath is paid $772,943 plus $71,000 per year in an annuity.

In the offseason, Heath hired former Akron head coach Dan Hipsher as an assistant. Broyles wanted Heath to add an assistant with head coaching experience, a move that occurred seamlessly when assistant Rob Flaska quit to take the head coaching job at Centenary.

"In my evaluation, [Heath] and I both agreed that some changes needed to be made," Broyles said. "He made the changes. We've evaluated the changes, and we think its time to extend his contract. He did everything that we asked him to do in the offseason."

Broyles said the basketball team should have a new look in the coming season.

"We've got more experience on the staff, and Coach Hipsher is just a great addition to the staff," he said.

Broyles said there was never a doubt that Heath's contract would be rolled over.

"Obviously, I'm real happy, and my family and I are appreciative for the extension," Heath said. "I'm thankful to Coach [Broyles] and the University of Arkansas for the commitment to the program. It hasn't been a major thing on my mind. I've been more concerned with making improvements and adjustments for the upcoming season."

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