Minnesota head basketball coach Richard Pitino will be sticking around Dinkeytown a little bit longer.
On Sunday, the university announced that it has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Pitino. The contract will need approval from the Board of Regents.
Pitino just concluded his sixth season with the Golden Gophers, leading the program to a 22-14 record and its first NCAA Tournament win since 2013. Through his first six year, Pitino has totaled a 112-92 record with two NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT championship.
“My family and I have loved living in the Twin Cities the last six years,” Pitino said in a statement. “We have met so many wonderful, supportive people. It’s an honor to be able to continue to lead this Gopher basketball program. I enjoy working with my athletics director, Mark Coyle, every day. I would like to thank Mark, President Kaler, and the University for continuing to believe in me. I look forward to continuing to move this special program forward.”
Under Pitino’s leadership, Minnesota has enjoyed four winning seasons in the past six years and has become a consistent competitor in the B1G. He was also named the league’s Coach of the Year following the 2016-17 season and a 24-10 campaign.