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Conradt, 63, would stay through 2009

12/1/2004

AUSTIN -- The University of Texas is in the process of
approving a five-year contract extension for basketball coach Jody
Conradt, the second-winningest coach in the history of the women's
game.
"She's been an enormously successful leader in her
profession," Texas Women's Athletic Director Chris Plonsky said
Wednesday.
The extension won't be finalized until approved by the
university system board of regents.
The deal would be a four-year extension with a one-year rollover
to keep Conradt, 63, through 2009. It will not increase Conradt's
annual base salary of $320,500, but there are proposed raises in
supplemental salary with compensation for summer camp, product
endorsements and her team's academic performance, bringing it to
about $530,000.
Incentives for on-the-court success, such as winning the Big 12
regular season and tournament titles or the NCAA championship,
could bring in another $200,000. She can earn $45,000 just by
qualifying for the NCAA tournament.
Conradt won a national title in 1986. Since giving up her
women's athletic director duties four years ago, the Longhorns have
made it to the round of 16 in the last three NCAA tournaments and
the Final Four in 2003.
She had 849 career victories heading into Wednesday night's game
against McNeese State, ranking second all-time behind Tennessee's Pat
Summitt, who has 856.
Last month, Conradt signed a six-player recruiting class
considered by some experts to be the best in the nation. Leading
the class is Erika Arriaran, a guard from California, who is ranked
as the nation's top high school prospect.
"At this point of my career, a contract renewal or extension is
all about recruiting," Conradt told the Austin American-Statesman
in Wednesday's editions. "Recruits want a definite answer. My
answer is always that I have the best job in the world, I have a
great time doing it."