Kentucky rewards DeMoss with five-year contract

Updated: June 19, 2006, 3:06 PM ET
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky reached its first women's NCAA Tournament in seven years last season -- and coach Mickie DeMoss has been rewarded for that performance.

The university announced Monday that DeMoss has been given a new five-year contract worth $350,000 a year.

In three seasons with DeMoss at the helm, the Wildcats are 51-42 overall, including a 22-9 mark and a fourth-place finish in the Southeastern Conference last season. The 22 wins were the most for the Wildcats in 16 years and their nine SEC wins set a school record. DeMoss was named SEC Coach of the Year by her fellow conference coaches and The Associated Press.

Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart said DeMoss was deserving of the new deal.

"The program has made significant progress while competing in a very difficult league," Barnhart said. "Coach DeMoss' recruiting, organization and vision for the program give me great confidence in the direction it is going."