Hamilton Gets Extension

Florida State rewarded head basketball coach Leonard Hamilton Wednesday with a raise and contract extension. His new deal runs through the 2009-2101 season.

Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart announced Wednesday that the contract of head men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton has been extended by three years taking him through the 2009-2010 season.

In extending and transforming Coach Hamilton's contract to a six-year agreement, we are rewarding him for the outstanding leadership he continues to provide," said Hart. "We are also reinforcing the message that we view him as the right person to lead our men's basketball program to a level of excellence within a 12-team Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally as well.

I believe we are very fortunate to have Leonard and his staff providing the leadership it takes to reach the goals we all have for Seminole Basketball," Hart added.

Hamilton's base pay increased from $144,899 to $152,144 in the new contact.

"I appreciate the confidence that the Florida State administration has shown in our staff. The university and athletics department have made a strong commitment which shows that having a successful basketball program is important. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to move our program forward. We believe FSU can achieve at the very highest level of college basketball and we are glad to have ample time to continue to reach our goals."

The Seminoles finished 19-14 this season and advanced to the second round of the NIT Tournament. FSU was 14-15 in Hamilton's first season in 2002-2003. FSU's Tim Pickett earned first-team All-ACC honors this past season.

Hamilton came to FSU after coaching the NBA's Washington Wizards in 2000-01. Prior to his NBA stint, Hamilton was head coach at Miami (Fla.) from 1990-2000 and Oklahoma State from 1986-1990. He was Big East Coach of the Year in both 1994-95 and 1998-99.

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