Utah Valley signs hoop trainer Mark Madsen for a 4-year extension through 2026

Mark Madsen on the bench with Utah Valley Men’s Basketball during a game against UTRGV in Orem Friday, February 26, 2021. Madsen agreed to a four-year extension with the UVU until 2026, the school announced on Monday. (Jay Drowns, UVU Athletics)

OREM – Mark Madsen stays true to the Utah Valley.

The former Stanford star and NBA veteran has agreed to a four-year extension to remain head coach of the Wolverines’ men’s basketball program until the 2025-26 season, the university said on Monday afternoon.

Madsen, whose contract grossed him around $ 225,000 annually on his old terms, has led Utah Valley to an overall record of 22-30 in two seasons, including an 11-1 mark during the COVID-affected 2020-21 season, the a 9-4 record in the Western Athletic Conference game.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to continue to represent Utah Valley University,” Madsen said in a statement. “It is an honor and a privilege to work with outstanding student athletes and a world-class staff on a daily basis. Under President Astrid Tuminez and Vice-President Val Peterson, this university has become a national academic success. The mission and core values ​​of UVU can be found in my wife, Hannah and I met with great approval and we are incredibly grateful for this opportunity, we feel embraced by the community and our children love the university environment here.

“I appreciate the dedicated work of our sporting director Dr. Jared Sumsion, who pushed us all forward and raised the entire athletics department to a level never before reached. Our goal is to compete at the highest level this year and year out and we look forward to continuing to implement this vision. “

The terms of Madsen’s new deal were not disclosed. His old contract also had extrajudicial bonuses like planning at least $ 150,000 for guaranteed games or “buy games” or selling at least 500 season tickets and or more than 7,500 tickets sold for a single men’s basketball game.

Many of these terms are also standard in college basketball contracts. An additional condition is that the last year of Madsen’s old contract be replaced with the new contract, according to a source close to the program.

Led by the nation’s leading rebounder, Fardaws Aimaq, WAC Player of the Year who bypassed the NBA draft this summer to go to school in Orem for at least another year, the Wolverines won four of their last six regular season games to win a WAC co-championship and 2nd place in the conference tournament in Las Vegas before losing to No. 3 New Mexico State in the Wolverines’ first game.

Madsen was hired by UVU when his predecessor Mark Pope returned to Provo to lead BYU. The two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, who also played six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, led Stanford to a 105-24 overall record in four college seasons with the Cardinal.

The Wolverines open the 2021-22 season on November 9 in the state of Boise. The home opener is scheduled for November 12th against Antelope Valley and includes home games with BYU and road tipping in Pepperdine, Washington and future WAC rivals Southern Utah.

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