Tuesday , Oct , 19 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Witherspoon receives contract extension at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) – University at Buffalo men’s basketball coach
Reggie Witherspoon received a contract extension Tuesday that will keep him at
the school through the 2008-09 season. Financial terms of the deal were not
released.

Witherspoon is set to begin his sixth campaign with the Bulls. Last season, he
was named the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Buffalo
to a 17-12 overall record and an 11-7 mark in the conference.

“Reggie’s efforts in elevating the profile of our men’s basketball program in
Western New York and in the Mid-American Conference have been outstanding and
I am pleased that we have been able to reach this agreement,” said interim
athletics director Bill Maher. “The growth and interest in our program is a
direct reflection of the work that Reggie, his staff and our student-athletes
have put forth toward their goal of becoming Mid-American Conference
champions.”

Witherspoon took over the men’s basketball program at Buffalo on an interim
basis five games into the 1999-2000 campaign and was officially named the 11th
head coach in school history on March 10, 2000. He has compiled just a 41-97
record, but has led the Bulls to at least a dozen victories in two of the past
three seasons.

“I am excited that the efforts that have been put into our program to become a
competitive Mid-American Conference team have been acknowledged by the
university with this commitment,” said Witherspoon. “My focus continues to be
on our young men and the development of our program. I am happy to be at UB
during this exciting time for our men’s basketball program.”

BUFFALO