UMKC men’s basketball coach Kareem Richardson has received a contract extension through 2020, adding two years to the deal he originally signed in 2013.
The Kangaroos are coming off a second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference, matching the best finish in the program’s 20 years of league play.
In Richardson’s second season, UMKC finished 8-6 in the WAC and 14-19 overall, advancing to the semifinal round of the conference tournament.
Among other highlights: A season-opening victory over Missouri, the first over a power-five conference opponent since 2003, and guard Martez Harrison being chosen WAC player of the year. He also became the program’s first player to receive honorable mention on an All-America team.
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“It shows commitment, and we’re excited about where our program is headed,” Richardson said.
Richardson was an assistant coach on Louisville’s 2013 national championship team. He had spent one season on the UMKC staff, in 2007-08 and also served on staffs at Xavier, Drake, Evansville, Indiana State and Indianapolis.