New deal for St. Bonaventure coach

St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt signed a contract extension

Wednesday with the school that will keep him in the fold through

2018-19.

Schmidt led the Bonnies in March to their first Atlantic 10

tournament title and their first NCAA tournament berth since

2000.

”Mark and his staff have done a terrific job with the program

on the court, in the classroom, on campus and in the community,”

athletic director Steve Watson said. ”We look forward to their

continued success.”

St. Bonaventure defeated Xavier, 67-56, in the Atlantic 10 final

in Atlantic City, N.J., before losing to Florida State in the

second round the of NCAA tournament, 66-63, in Nashville, Tenn. The

Bonnies finished 20-12.