Saturday, May 7, 2011

From the FreeP: Chambers agrees to contract extension through 2016

By Craig Meyer/DFP Staff

As he stepped on to the podium to address the press after his team’s heartbreaking 55-49 to Boston University in the America East tournament semifinals, University of Hartford men’s basketball coach John Gallagher joked that he just ran into BU athletic director Mike Lynch on his way to the press conference and that he gave Lynch a simple piece of advice regarding his own basketball coach, Patrick Chambers.

“When’s the extension?” Gallagher said.

Whether it was Gallagher’s insistence or not, almost two months, an AE title and a NCAA Tournament berth later, Chambers has received just that.

On Thursday, Chambers agreed with BU administration to a two-year extension on his original five-year deal that will keep him signed with the Terriers until the end of the 2015-2016 season.

Chambers announced the news Thursday afternoon via his personal Twitter account, additionally thanking BU administration, his coaching staff, as well as his players.

“To be able to go until 2016 and keep this program headed in the right direction and to know that we’re going to be here a while is comforting to myself, my family and my assistants, and it should be great for our players and our incoming recruits,” Chambers said in a phone interview with The Daily Free Press. “It was a big day for our program and I’m just excited that our administration knows we’re headed in the right direction.”

Aside from the number of years that were added to the deal and the 2016 timeline, no other details about the contract were released regarding salary and possible bonuses. As a private institution, BU is not obligated or required to reveal or publish such information.


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