Two seasons. Two contract extensions.
Kansas State athletics director John Currie is obviously pleased with the direction of the Wildcats’ basketball program under coach Bruce Weber. On Wednesday, he awarded Weber with his second contract extension since he was hired in 2012. Both deals added a year to his contract. His new contract runs through 2019 without an increase in pay.
Weber’s compensation will remain the same, with his salary of $1.85 million increasing by $100,000 each year he remains on the job. If he stays at K-State through the entirety of his new contract he will earn $2.25 million in 2019 on top of a $500,000 retention bonus.
As a result of the new deal, Currie will also enhance the salaries of Weber’s coaching staff, Chris Lowery, Alvin Brooks III and Chester Frazier.
“Our men’s basketball program continues to make terrific progress under Coach Weber and his staff since their arrival,” Currie said in a statement released by K-State. “He and Megan (Weber’s wife) along with the entire staff, have really embraced being a part of the K-State family and Manhattan community. I am excited about the future of our program and forward trajectory under his leadership.”
Weber has won more games during his first two seasons than any other coach in K-State history, guiding K-State to a 47-21 record. He has also reached the NCAA Tournament in each of his seasons. In 2013, K-State won a share of its first conference title since 1977. Last season, the Wildcats won 20 games and showed future promise with freshman Marcus Foster averaging 15.5 points. Fellow freshmen Wesley Iwundu , Jevon Thomas and Nigel Johnson all return next season, along with starters Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams.
On Tuesday, at K-State’s basketball banquet, Weber spoke confidently about next season.
“We have a lot of nice pieces,” Weber said. “You feel good about the young guys. Now, how bad do they want it. they really have to put their foot to the metal this summer and develop some leadership. That will be key.”
He will have ample time to work with his players thanks to another contract extension.
“I’m appreciative of the type of support that President (Kirk) Schulz and John have given me and my coaching staff with this extension,” Weber said in a statement. “A significant part of building a successful program is continuity and this type of commitment ensures that we have all the parts necessary to continue to build upon what we have accomplished the last two seasons.
“The success we have had is a direct reflection of the hard work and sacrifice of our players and coaches. I could not be more proud to be associated with them and look forward to even more success in the future.”