University of Missouri

Missouri, women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton agree to new five-year deal

Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton.
Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton. The Associated Press

Missouri announced Friday that it has agreed to a new five-year contract with women’s basketball coach Robin Pingeton through the 2019-20 season.

Pingeton is only 79-79 in five seasons with the Tigers, but the program has posted three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1990 and boasted one of the nation’s best recruiting classes for 2015.

“Robin has done a tremendous job laying a strong foundation for a program that will compete both in the SEC and nationally for years to come,” first-year Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades said in a statement from MU athletics. “The future of Mizzou women’s basketball is very bright and we look forward to watching our student-athletes continue to grow and succeed under her leadership.”

The new deal, which replaces a contract that was set to expire in April 2017, includes a base salary of $300,000.

Under the term of her old contract, Pingeton was paid an annual base salary of $200,000, but the total annual compensation was $375,000 plus the possibility for $250,000 in performance-based incentives and another $75,000 in deferred compensation.

It’s unclear how Pingeton’s total compensation, deferred compensation and performance-based incentives stack up under the new contract, the details of which have yet to be released.

“I am truly thankful for the contract, the support and the opportunity to continue to build this program and be part of the Mizzou family,” Pingeton said in a statement. “We have built a great foundation and I am extremely grateful that Mack and the administration have the confidence in me and my staff to continue to take this program to new levels.”

Missouri has reached the Women’s NIT three consecutive seasons, reaching the quarterfinal round last season, and won 19 games a year ago, the most since 2005-06.

Pingeton’s overall career record — including eight seasons at St. Ambrose, an NAIA school in Iowa, and seven seasons at Illinois State — is 414-236 with 13 postseason appearances in 20 seasons.

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