UConn rewards Ollie with new contract

Dec. 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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STORRS, Conn., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- University of Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie has been signed to a new six-year contract, school officials said Saturday.

UConn President Susan Herbst said the deal -- which includes a total compensation package of $1.2 million for the 2012-13 season -- was made after Ollie "seamlessly" took the reins from the retiring Jim Calhoun in September.

"He demonstrated to all of us that he is a genuine leader of extraordinary talents," Herbst said.

The 40-year-old Ollie joined Calhoun's staff as an assistant coach in 2010, and has guided the Huskies to a 9-2 record this season.

"I am happy to be the head coach at Connecticut for an extended period of time," said Ollie.

Calhoun retired Sept. 13 after racking up a 625-243 record over 26 seasons, claiming seven Big East Tournament titles as well as NCAA national championships in 1999, 2004 and 2011.

His squad was banned from post-season play for the current season after failing to meet academic standards.

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