TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Leonard Hamilton is the winningest men’s basketball coach in Florida State history, and the university wants him to stick around a little longer, it was announced on Wednesday.
Florida State and Hamilton have agreed on a two-year extension, giving him a chance to mesh the young talent on this year’s Seminoles squad with a highly rated recruiting class expected to be on campus next season.
“This extension positions him to continue attracting the kind of talent we need to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally,” athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a statement.
Hamilton is in his 14th season at the school and has a 252-184 record. The new contract will run until the end of the 2018-19 season.
The 67-year old Hamilton had one year remaining on an extension signed in 2013. He is making $2.25 million this and next season after earning $2 million the first two years.
Hamilton said in a statement he was pleased with the faith that university president John Thrasher and Wilcox has shown in him.
“We believe we are on the verge of accomplishing something special here, and this will allow us an opportunity to do so,” Hamilton added.
With freshmen Malik Beasley and Dwayne Bacon leading the way, the Seminoles showed flashes of potential for most of the season and won 10 of their first 12 games. But they have lost four straight going into Thursday’s game at No. 15 Duke and likely to miss the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season at 16-11, including 6-9 in the ACC.
Since arriving at FSU in 2002, Hamilton has been named ACC Coach of the Year twice (2009 and ’12) and led the school to its lone ACC title in 2012, which is also the last of four straight years they made the NCAA Tournament. Combined with prior stops at Oklahoma State and Miami, Hamilton’s career record is 452-394.