Rutgers gives basketball coach Steve Pikiell contract extension
Rutgers has slowly become a basketball school under Coach Steve Pikiell over the years. Pikiell has done so well, that the university wants him to be their head coach through the 2029-2030 season.
Pikiell has the most ranked wins by any Rutgers basketball coach (13), and led the team to its 1st NCAA tournament appearance in 30 years last season.
Here’s what Pikiell had to say about his extension:
“I love it here,” said Pikiell. “Rutgers has embraced me and my family since day one, and there is no other place I want to be. Pat Hobbs and President Holloway share in my vision to make this a program that everyone can be proud of, and I am thankful for their leadership. We have been able to accomplish great things in the past six years and that is not possible without having the best coaching staff and best student-athletes in the country. It is an honor to be the head coach at Rutgers and to do it in the toughest conference in college basketball. I look forward to continuing the hard work to bring RU a national championship.”
The Scarlet Knights are 42-8 at home over the past 3 years under Pikiell, which includes an 18-1 record in the 2019-2020 season at home as well. This 4-year contract extension gives Pikiell an additional $16 million dollars in compensation. He was also have retention and performance bonuses tied into his contract as well.
It looks like the Scarlet Knights have got their man.