Borton led Gophers to first Final Four

Updated: October 14, 2004, 1:25 AM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pam Borton, who guided the Minnesota women's basketball team to its first Final Four appearance last season, has signed a contract extension that will keep her at the university through 2011.

Terms of the contract were finalized two weeks ago, but the deal was awaiting signatures.

"It's a good contract, and it's fair," Borton said.

Borton has four years left on her current contract.

Highlights of the new contract include a bump in base salary from $150,000 to $180,000, with another bump to $200,000 the following season, and bonuses for season-ticket sales, the Star Tribune reported.

"It's our goal to make all of our coaches competitive in their professional marketplace and reward them for a job well done," athletic director Joel Maturi said Wednesday. "This is a step in the right direction with Coach Borton."

Borton, 39, became Minnesota's third head coach in as many years in 2002 and has a 50-15 record with the Gophers. She's also served as an assistant coach at Vermont and Boston College.

Last year, the Gophers earned a seventh seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Final Four, where they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press