Bennett Signs New Seven-Year Contract

Virginia men's basketball head coach Tony Bennett has signed a new seven-year contract through the 2020-21 season, Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage announced Tuesday.

Bennett’s annual base salary and supplemental compensation will increase to $1.924 million. The new contract includes $1.4 million in longevity bonuses.

In 2013-14, Bennett was named the ACC Coach of the Year after guiding the Cavaliers to conference regular season and tournament championships in the same season for the first time in school history. Bennett led the Cavaliers to a school-record tying 30 victories, and UVa earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1995.

Bennett has a 106-60 record in five seasons in Charlottesville, improving the Cavaliers’ record every season.

“I’m thankful for receiving this new contract,” Bennett said in a press release. “I love coaching at the University of Virginia and living in Charlottesville where the community has been wonderful to my family. I feel we are building something special here and this commitment by the University is another great step towards ensuring we continue to compete at a high level.”

The new seven-year contract replaces an extension to Bennett’s original contract signed in 2012 that was scheduled to end following the 2018-19 season.


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