Oregon State gives coach John five-year extension

Updated: December 1, 2005, 4:28 PM ET
Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State basketball coach Jay John has been awarded a five-year contract extension, athletic director Bob De Carolis said.

John is in his fourth year with the Beavers. Last season, Oregon State finished 17-15 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-10. It was the team's first winning season since 1989-90.

The team beat UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament for its first postseason victory since 1988-89.

"I'm very happy with the direction of the program under Jay John," De Carolis said. "Each year, the team has continued to progress and the recruiting has improved each year. This contract extension gives us the opportunity to solidify the men's basketball program for many years."

The contract extension runs through the 2009-10 season. The first year of the contract pays John $325,000 with incentives.

"When I took this job, it was for the long haul in order to develop a program. There wasn't a quick fix. We want to be a tournament contender every year," John said. "We're in the midst of that journey and I'm excited to keep going forward."

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