Utah Valley signs hoops coach Mark Madsen for 4-year extension until 2026

Mark Madsen on the bench with the Utah Valley Men’s Basketball during a game against the UTRGV on Friday February 26, 2021 in Orem. Madsen has agreed to a four-year extension with UVU until 2026, the school said on Monday. (Jay drowns, UVU Athletics)

OREM – Mark Madsen remains loyal to Utah Valley.

The former Stanford star and NBA veteran has agreed to a four-year extension to remain the head coach of the Wolverines men’s basketball program until the 2025-2026 season, the university announced on Monday afternoon .

Madsen, whose contract grossed him around $ 225,000 a year on his old terms, led Utah Valley to an overall record of 22-30 in two seasons, including a mark of 11-1 in the 2020-21 season. impacted by COVID which included a 9-4 in-game record from the Western Athletic Conference.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to continue representing Utah Valley University,” Madsen said in a statement. “It is an honor and a privilege to work daily with exceptional student-athletes and first-rate staff. Under the chairmanship of Astrid Tuminez and Vice-President Val Peterson, this university has achieved national levels of academic achievement. UVU’s mission and core values ​​resonate deeply with my wife Hannah and I, and we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity. We felt embraced by the community and our children love the university environment here.

“I appreciate the dedicated work of our athletic director, Dr Jared Sumsion, who has pushed us all and elevated the entire sports department to new heights, which have never been achieved before. Our goal is to compete. at the highest level year in and year out and we are delighted to continue to implement this vision. “

Terms of Madsen’s new deal were not disclosed. His old contract also provided for off-field bonuses such as scheduling at least $ 150,000 in guaranteed matches, or “buying matches”, or selling at least 500 season tickets and / or exceeding 7,500 tickets sold in a. only men’s basketball game.

Many of these conditions are also standard in all college basketball contracts. An additional term is that the final year of Madsen’s old contract will be replaced by the new contract, according to a source familiar with the program.

Led by the nation’s top rebounder Fardaws Aimaq, the WAC Player of the Year who bypassed the NBA Draft this summer to return to school in Orem for at least another year, the Wolverines have won four of their final six regular season games to clinch a WAC co-championship and No.2 seed in the conference tournament in Las Vegas before a loss to No.3 New Mexico State in the Wolverines’ game opener.

Madsen was hired by UVU when his predecessor Mark Pope returned to Provo to lead BYU. The two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, who also played six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, led Stanford to an overall record of 105-24 in four college seasons with the Cardinal.

The Wolverines open the 2021-22 season on Nov. 9 at Boise State. The home opener is scheduled for Nov. 12 against Antelope Valley and includes home clashes with BYU and road tilts in Pepperdine, Wash. And future WAC rival, southern Utah.

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