HOUSTON – After leading the University of Houston Men’s Basketball program to 22 wins and a berth in the postseason NIT for the first time in a decade, Head Coach Kelvin Sampson and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Hunter Yurachek recently agreed on a contract agreement that will keep Sampson with the Cougars through the 2020-21 season.
The agreement calls for a $300,000 increase to $1.4 million annual total compensation with increased bonuses for the Cougars being selected for and advancing in the NCAA Tournament.
The University of Houston Board of Regents approved the contract agreement on May 19.
“My family and I are grateful for the University of Houston’s commitment to our Men’s Basketball program,” Sampson said. “When you look at the recent capital improvements around our Athletics Department and combine that with one of the world’s great cities, it’s easy to see how exciting it is to be a part of the University of Houston right now.”
“We are building a great basketball program under Kelvin Sampson’s leadership,” Yurachek said. “With the opening of our $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development facility and the upcoming $60 million renovation of our basketball arena, amending Coach Sampson’s contract was important as we prepare for tremendous success in the years to come.”
Joining the Cougars in April 2014, Sampson compiled a 13-19 record during his first season in 2014-15 and led his team to wins in four of its last five games, including an upset of No. 7 seed Tulane during the First Round of the American Athletic Conference Championship.
In 2015-16, Sampson led the Cougars to a 22-10 overall record and the program’s first berth in the postseason NIT since 2006. Houston enjoyed a 71-68 win over No. 12 SMU inside Hofheinz Pavilion and became only the 15th team in school history with 22+ wins in a single season.
Under Sampson’s leadership, the Cougars posted a nine-game improvement from the 2014-15 season, tying for 13th best nationally, and competed as the No. 2 seed at the American Championships in Orlando in March. Forward Devonta Pollard was named to the 2016 All-American Athletic Conference Second Team, while point guard Galen Robinson, Jr., earned a place on the All-Rookie Team.
The Cougars return three starters and welcome four newcomers to the program during the 2016-17 season.
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