Missouri State extends contracts of basketball coaches Lusk, Harper through 2018-19 season

04/04/2014 5:08 PM

04/04/2014 5:08 PM

Missouri State announced Friday that it will extend the contracts of men’s basketball coach Paul Lusk and women’s coach Kellie Harper.

Lusk, whose Bears finished 20-13 with a first-round loss in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament, will receive a guaranteed five-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. He also received a $50,000-per-year raise in base salary, which brings his annual compensation to around $450,000. A release from the school said the increase would be paid from private funds.

In addition, a pool of $20,000 from private donations was given to Lusk to increase the base pay of his assistant coaches.

Harper, whose team finished 14-17, also received a guaranteed five-year extension through the 2018-19 season, plus a $15,000-a-year raise that puts her total compensation around $225,000 annually. A pool of $20,000 to increase the base pay of her assistants, including former Bears All-American Jackie Stiles, was provided through university funds.

The basketball coaching contract changes are subject to final approval by the Missouri State University Board of Governors at its executive committee meeting on April 16.

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