Richmond, VA—To the delight of Rams fans in central Virginia and beyond, VCU announced Wednesday evening that Head Men's Basketball Coach Shaka Smart will stay with the school.
Some official details of his contract are still being confirmed, but some changes have been finalized. Primarily, the contract changes involve program enhancements for student athletes and coaches.
Smart's contract will be extended several years, and includes incentives designed to reward Coach Smart for his success with the team.
"Coach Smart has demonstrated through this process that he is loyal to VCU and his greatest concern lies with our program moving forward every year," said VCU Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. "Our goal was to present him with a revised agreement proactively rather than wait for another institution to step in with an offer. I believe we accomplished our goal," McLaughlin said.
Smart has been with the Rams since 2009. Smart's record is 111-37 in four years at VCU, the most wins over any four-year stretch in VCU history and the sixth-most in the country over the past four seasons. The 111 wins also are the second highest for any NCAA Division I head coach through their first four seasons.
Smart also led VCU to its first year in the A-10 Conference; Smart led the team to the championship game and then on to third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 12th overall. The Rams won an NCAA Tournament game for the third straight year for the first time in the school's history.
"VCU could not ask for a better icon to represent the university's academic and athletic rise as a top 50 public research university," VCU President Michael Rao said. "Coach Smart and our scholar-athletes represent the commitment of every VCU student, faculty and staff member to achieve excellence and success in every activity and aspect of our important mission as a national research university."
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