OSU men's basketball: Robinson gets one-year contract extension

2012-09-13T11:34:00Z 2012-09-13T11:45:17Z OSU men's basketball: Robinson gets one-year contract extensionCorvallis Gazette-Times Lebanon Express
September 13, 2012 11:34 am  • 

Oregon State men's basketball coach Craig Robinson received a one-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016-17 season, athletic director Bob De Carolis announced on Thursday.

Robinson has amassed 64 wins in his first four seasons at OSU, more than Hall of Fame coaches Slats Gill and Ralph Miller in the same time frame, and is coming off the Beavers' first 20-win season and just their second winning campaign since 1989-90.

"I'm honored that the university made the commitment to another year for me and my family, and for my staff and for this program," Robinson said in a statement. "We're heading in the right direction. This will help me recruit kids because there are always people out there saying `this is coach Robinson's last year. He's going to move on and go somewhere else.' This helps me when I'm recruiting kids to let them know that I plan on being here for the next five years, so their entire time here as a student-athlete.

"So you have that commitment plus the commitment you see going up outside with the basketball practice facility. Those two things give me some comfort that Oregon State wants me around for a little while and I couldn't be happier."

Robinson took over a program that went 0-18 in conference play during the 2007-08 season and has led it to three postseason appearances, including the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) championship in 2009.

OSU went 21-15 last season, led the Pac-12 in scoring for the first time ever with a school record 78.9 points per game and pulled off the biggest upset in Pac-12 tournament history with an 86-84 win over No. 1 seed Washington.

"Coach Robinson has done a remarkable job in building our men's basketball program into something all of Beaver Nation can be proud of," De Carolis said in a statement. "I'm thrilled to have him on our sidelines for many seasons to come, and to help him achieve the goals he has set for the program."

Robinson's coaching staff has remained intact during his entire time in Corvallis with associate head coach Doug Stewart and assistant coaches Nate Pomeday and David Grace all bringing stability and experience to the program.

"Another aspect of this extension shows that Oregon State and Bob De Carolis are committed to making basketball a big time sport here again," Robinson said. "I'm more than happy to hold up my end of that bargain because they are holding up their end. Together, I think we can put together one of the best products that we've ever had on the basketball court."

Robinson signed a six-year contract when he was hired on April 7, 2008 as the 20th head coach in program history. He received a two-year contract extension on March 10, 2010.

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