PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University announced Monday that Mike Leach, the head football coach, has agreed to extend his contract agreement through the 2022 season.
The deal brings it to a five-year contract, and bumps Leach’s pay.
Under the new agreement, he will make $3.5 million in 2018, $3.75 million in 2019 and $4 million in 2020. According to a release, after 2020 Leach will also get a one-time retention bonus of $750,000. Under the new contract, Leach’s assistant coaches also get a raise.
“Coach Leach has led a spectacular turnaround in the fortunes of our football program during the last six years, and we want to keep him in the Cougar family for a long time to come,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz in a release. “Importantly, our on-field football success has reaped dividends for the entire athletic program, invigorating the interest of fans, boosting football season ticket sales and increasing donor contributions to the Cougar Athletic Fund.”
This past season, Leach led the Cougars to a 9-3 record and a third-straight bowl appearance, something WSU officials said is a first for a Cougar head coach.
In his six seasons leading the team, Leach has won 38 times, the second highest among any previous WSU coach during the same time. WSU officials confirmed in a release that over the past three seasons, WSU has the third-most conference wins of any program in the Pac-12.
They also confirmed there have been more football fans filling Martin Stadium as of late, with capacity at 97.1 percent in 2017, the second highest percentage in stadium history in the past 20 years.
Mike Leach had been the subject of intense speculation surrounding the University of Tennessee head coach job, and appeared to have been the chosen successor for Butch Jones after UT had a historically bad season. However, the UT Athletics Director who allegedly offered Leach the job was called back to Knoxville before anything was finalized, then fired. UT then announced Jeremy Pruitt of Alabama would take the head coach slot.
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