Arkansas extends Heath’s contract
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) – Arkansas extended the contract of men’s
basketball coach Stan Heath an additional year Monday, despite the team’s
lackluster performance over the past two seasons.
Heath, whose contract now runs through the 2008-09 season, received a one-year
extension for the second consecutive year. He was originally hired late in the
2001-02 season to replace Nolan Richardson, who was fired with one game
remaining in his 17th season at the school.
The Razorbacks suffered through a 9-18 record during Heath’s first full
season, and ended the 2003-04 campaign 12-16, including a 4-12 mark in the
“Our program is on the rise because of Stan’s abilities as a coach, a
recruiter and a leader of young men,” Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles
said. “His enthusiasm and commitment has had a positive impact on our program
both on and off the court.”
Heath previously led Kent State to a 30-6 record and the South Regional Final
of the NCAA Tournament in his first year with the Golden Flashes in 2001-02.
Before Heath coached at Kent State, he spent five season as an assistant
coach at Michigan State. During his time at MSU, the Spartans won the 2000
NCAA championship and captured four consecutive Big Ten Conference regular-