Oregon coach Altman gets 7-year extension worth $18.45M
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon basketball coach Dana Altman has a new seven-year deal worth $18.45 million that keeps him under contract with the Ducks through 2022-23.
Altman has led Oregon to six straight seasons with 20 or more wins, and four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Last season, the Ducks won a school-record 31 games and took both the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles. Awarded a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, Oregon advanced to the Elite Eight.
''Dana is one of the top coaches in the country and has quickly built an elite program. We are excited about the present and future of our program under Dana's leadership,'' Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said.
Oregon, ranked No. 5 in the preseason AP Top 25, opened the season at home Friday night with a 91-77 victory over Army. Altman's record at the school is 155-64.
''My wife and I love it here and we want to be here,'' Altman said after the game. ''We've very appreciative of Rob and the university for extending us. The people here in Eugene and across the state have been very good to us.''
Since arriving in Eugene after 16 years at Creighton, Altman has become one of six active coaches with 19 straight winning seasons. He is a three-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year.