CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees approved a contract extension through the 2028-29 season for men’s basketball coach Wes Miller in early December.
The extension adds two years to his current contract and increases his average annual salary to $2.95 million per year, keeping one of the best young coaches in the country in Cincinnati for the next six years.
“We have the right coach to lead us into the Big 12 in Wes Miller,” Cunningham said. “This new contract extension provides further stability and increases investment into our men’s basketball program, which will set us up for success in the best league in America. Wes is one of the best young coaches in the country. He is building something special here at Cincinnati. We share his commitment to winning and look forward to competing for championships in the coming years.”
Miller’s 209 wins are the most of any coach in the nation by their 40th birthday, besting Rick Pitino (200) and Shaka Smart (195), among others. Last season, he became the first UC coach to start his tenure 5-0 with a 71-51 win over No. 14 Illinois. That fall semester also marked the team’s highest-ever GPA. Miller, a national champion as a player at North Carolina, has galvanized the alumni and recruiting bases while leading enhancements in all areas of player development.
“I am very grateful for President Pinto, John Cunningham and the University of Cincinnati for their investment in our program’s future,” Miller said. “We feel we are scratching the surface of our program’s potential, especially in such a pivotal time. I want to highlight our young men for their tireless work ethic and motivation to represent our community. There is nothing I want more than for us to get Cincinnati basketball back to where it belongs: as a national power.”
COURTESY UC ATHLETICS