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Soccer coach Kiefer gets new 4-year contract



Kiefer USF men's soccer coach George Kiefer, who led the Bulls to a Big East championship and the NCAA Elite Eight in 2008, has signed a four-year contract to keep him at USF through the 2013 season.

"George has done a terrific job in building one of the premier men’s soccer programs in the Big East and country," athletic director Doug Woolard said in a statement.

Kiefer, who has a 93-47-16 record in eight seasons at USF, actually signed the deal in December, after the Bulls finished a 14-4-3 season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The new contract, released to the Times on Tuesday, has a starting base salary of $90,000, a 50 percent raise from his previous base salary of $60,000. The salary escalates gradually to $120,000 in the fall of 2013.

The contract, like Kiefer's previous deal, includes a buyout clause intended to lessen the chance of him taking a job elsewhere -- if he were to leave the Bulls in 2010, he would have to pay $50,000, with the buyout dropping to $40,000 next year and $30,000 in 2012.

In addition to reaching the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three seasons, Kiefer's teams have stood out academically. In Zak Boggs and Francisco Aristeguieta, USF's soccer team has accounted for the last two Big East Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, an honor covering all men's teams at all Big East schools.

The next USF coach due for a new contract looks to be women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez, whose current contract expires this summer. Fernandez has led the Bulls to seven consecutive postseason appearances, though the last three have been in the Women's NIT.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:25pm]


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