USF extends Jose Fernandez's contract

USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez won his 300th game earlier this season. Times file photo
USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez won his 300th game earlier this season.Times file photo
Published April 13 2017
Updated April 13 2017

USF announced Thursday it has added two years to women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez's contract, presumably keeping him in Tampa through 2023.

Fernandez, 45, who has led USF to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and five overall in 17 seasons, signed a six-year deal worth roughly $2.9 million two years ago. Since then, the Bulls have posted consecutive 20-win seasons, giving the program five in a row.

"What Jose has been able to build and sustain in the women’s basketball program at USF over the last 17 years is remarkable and a point of pride for all Bulls fans," USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a school news release.

"We are thrilled that he continues to lead a program that has established itself among the best in the nation and look forward to many more exciting seasons and achievements to come."

Fernandez, whose contract ran out twice before being renewed earlier in his tenure, is the winningest coach in program history (309-235). He returns four starters from this past season's squad, which finished 24-9 and reached the NCAAs despite being besieged by injuries.

"I am so appreciative of President (Judy) Genshaft and (Harlan)," Fernandez said.

"Their support of our women’s basketball program is remarkable. The city of Tampa and USF has been home to me and my family for the last 17 years and I am looking forward to continuing to lead this team. There is nowhere I would rather be than here, at this incredible institution and athletic department."

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