Bruce Weber Receives Contract Extension
May 21, 2009
Champaign, Ill. - The University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved today a three-year contract extension and raise for Fighting Illini head men's basketball coach Bruce Weber.
This is the fourth extension for Weber, who was hired by Director of Athletics Ron Guenther on April 30, 2003 to a five-year contract. He earned a one-year extension in 2004, a two-year extension in 2005 and a one-year extension in 2006. This latest three-year extension has the Illini coach under contract through the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
"I'm very pleased to extend the contract of Bruce Weber and ensure he will be the Illinois men's basketball coach for an additional three years through 2015," Guenther said. "Bruce has excelled in every area of our basketball program and the future is very bright. He has proven time and again to be regarded as one of the best coaches in the nation and an outstanding ambassador for the University of Illinois."
In addition to Weber's extension, the Board of Trustees also approved a multi-year contract for assistant coach Jerrance Howard through the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.
Illinois is coming off a 24-win season that saw the team finish as Big Ten runner-up and earn a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Illini's fifth NCAA postseason appearance in six years under Weber. The squad has now had four top-two conference finishes under Weber, winning Big Ten championships in 2004 and 2005 while finishing second in 2006 and 2009. Illinois is the 11th-winningest college basketball program in the nation during Weber's tenure, totaling 152 victories. With 152 wins in just six seasons, he already ranks third on the Illinois career coaching wins list. He has won 72.7 percent of his games (152-57), which is the highest winning percentage in Big Ten history by a coach with at least six seasons in the conference.
"I can't say enough how happy I am to be here at the University of Illinois and to receive a contract with long-term security," Weber said. "We are all excited about the potential and future of this program. There is no better place to be a head coach than right here at Illinois. When you combine the outstanding academic reputation of this University with the tremendous support by Ron Guenther and his administration, a passionate fan base, and the best state in the country for high school players, everything is in place. Illinois basketball has a proud history and tradition, and it is our goal to ensure that success continues."
"This extension is a reflection of our outstanding staff as much as anything," Weber added. "The hard work, dedication and loyalty that Coach McClain has shown over the past eight years here, along with Coach Price and Gary Nottingham for six years, Coach Howard for two years and Sean Harrington for one year should be commended. They play a vital role in all aspects of our program."