"The new agreement is an acknowledgement of Buzz's standing as one of the rising stars in collegiate coaching," Cottingham said. "The current direction of the program under his leadership fits perfectly into the mission and values of the University. Buzz has done a tremendous job guiding the program to successes both on and off the court and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come."
The Golden Eagles have advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of Williams' first three seasons as program mentor, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010-11. MU is 69-37 (.651) overall during his tenure and 32-22 (.593) in BIG EAST Conference competition. Williams and his staff have collected multiple nationally ranked recruiting classes and attendance at the Bradley Center has reached record numbers since the 2008-09 campaign.
"I was given an opportunity beyond my wildest dreams 1086 days ago and my entire family is extremely humbled and grateful by the opportunity to continue this journey," Williams said.
"Too much attention is given to my position, but I assure you, it's the collective ownership of all of those who impact our program daily, who have developed the culture we currently have," Williams added. "I am thankful to all of those who work so diligently to make our program the success it is today."
Specific terms of the contract will not be released per University policy.