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Florida State men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton signs 5-year extension

Florida State men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton signs 5-year extension
Florida State Seminoles men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton, in his 19th season at FSU, is the winningest coach in school history. File Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

March 1 (UPI) -- Florida State men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton agreed to a multiyear contract extension that will keep him with the Seminoles through the 2024-25 season, the school announced Monday.

The five-year extension will pay Hamilton about $2.3 million annually plus bonuses.

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"Coach Hamilton has done so much for this basketball program and this university that it is hard to express in words," Florida State athletic director David Coburn said in a statement. "What he does with his young men, both on and off the court, is truly remarkable.

"I know both the President [John Thrasher] and I regard him as a university treasure, and he is just now getting the national recognition he has deserved for so long. He embodies all the qualities that make a great leader, and we are proud and thrilled to have him as our coach as long as he wishes."

The 72-year-old Hamilton, who is in his 19th season at Florida State, is the winningest coach in program history and has the Seminoles on the verge of capturing back-to-back ACC regular-season championships. FSU has a 14-4 record and is in first place in the conference.

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Hamilton has won ACC Coach of the Year three times, and he has guided the school to seven NCAA tournament appearances.

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