Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs has received a contract extension through 2028. The school released a statement regarding the news on Friday afternoon.

Hobbs, who took over as the school’s athletic director in 2015, is in his seventh year in the position.

“I want to thank President Holloway, the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees,” Hobbs said in a statement. “Our coaches, student-athletes and staff are dedicated, hardworking and passionate about being Scarlet Knights. I consider myself fortunate to serve as Athletic Director at a great university, with a team that is committed to the pursuit of excellence, and I look forward to continuing to join them in writing the greatest chapter in Rutgers history.

“What they have been able to achieve over the past six years personifies Jersey grit. Rutgers has the biggest upside of any program in the country, and I wouldn’t want to do this anywhere else.”

Hobbs is responsible for hiring current men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell and current head football coach Greg Schiano, two major additions for the athletic department.

“Pat has been enormously successful in developing a program that is as solid in the classroom as it is on the field,” Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway said. “The Board’s decision to extend his contract reflects the confidence we have in his commitment to excellence at every level.”

In 2021, the Rutgers football team reached a bowl game for the first time since 2014, playing the Gator Bowl. In 2022, the men’s basketball team made its second-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.