The South Carolina Board of Trustees has approved a four-year contract extension for Gamecocks head men's basketball coach Frank Martin. The new deal will keep him in place until 2021-22 and will start at $2.45 million, according to an official release from the university. That's a raise of the $2.2 million he made this past season and was schedule to make next year.
Martin, whose contract was set to expire after the 2017-18 season, presided over one of the most successful seasons in program history. The Gamecocks matched a program-best 25 wins and finished tied for third in the SEC with an 11-7 record. Despite being cut out of the NCAA Tournament and being forced to play in the NIT instead, the 25 wins was a eight-game improvement from 2014-15 and equaled the program's first postseason appearance since an NCAA bid in 2003-04 under Dave Odom.
"My family, staff and I are so excited that we will continue to call Columbia, South Carolina, home," Martin said. "I am so thankful for all the players that have sacrificed so much in helping us to build our program for us to be given this opportunity. We are ecstatic and so thankful to continue to work hand-in-hand with our great leaders, Dr. Harris Pastides and Ray Tanner. Giving all of Gamecock Nation a championship basketball program is what we will continue to strive for."
Martin has a career record of 70-63 as the head coach of the Gamecocks. For his career (including a five-year tenure at Kansas State), he is 187-117, a win percentage of .615.