Ford's new deal runs through 2014-15 season
AMHERST, Mass. -- Massachusetts and coach Travis Ford agreed to a five-year contract extension that runs through the 2014-15 season.
"We are thrilled that Travis has made a commitment to UMass basketball," athletic director John McCutcheon said in a statement Tuesday night. "Travis has brought Minuteman basketball back to national recognition with his solid leadership."
The 37-year-old Ford led the Minutemen to a 24-9 record last season, their best in 11 years. He had three years remaining on the five-year contract signed when he was hired in 2005. Terms of the deal were not announced.
UMass won a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship for the first time since 1996, and reached the postseason for the first time since 2000, advancing to the second round of the NIT.
"I am excited to know that UMass is committed to building the men's basketball program back to one of the best in the East and that I will have the chance to be at the helm for many years to come," Ford said.
Ford, a star point guard at Kentucky, coached five years at Eastern Kentucky and led that team to an NCAA Tournament appearance before coming to Massachusetts. He also coached at Campbellsville University from 1997-2000.
He has an overall record of 165-135.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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