Tuesday , Feb , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Villanova, Wright agree to contract extension

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – Villanova University and head men’s
basketball coach Jay Wright agreed to a contract extension through 2012-13 on
Tuesday, a day after the Wildcats captured a 69-64 victory over top-ranked
Connecticut. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“This agreement represents a significant commitment to the continued success
of our men’s basketball program,” said Villanova director of athletics Vince
Nicastro. “In the course of the past five years, our university
administration, athletic, and coaching staffs have worked together to add to
the great tradition of this program. This is the latest step in that process.
We are thrilled that Jay and his family will continue to be an integral part
of the Villanova community.”

Wright has a 96-56 record in four-plus season at the helm, and the 2004-05
squad advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion
North Carolina.

The 2005-06 squad may be even better and has cemented Wright and his program
as one of the nation’s best. The Wildcats improved to 20-2 after a thrilling
victory over the Huskies on Monday that vaulted the team to the top of the Big
East standings. Villanova has been ranked in the top 10 of both major polls
for every week this season.

“There’s always been a special commitment from our administration to the
basketball program at Villanova,” said Wright. “My staff and family are
grateful to Father Dobbin, the Board of Trustees, and Vince Nicastro for this
renewed level of commitment to us and this basketball program.”