Thursday , Mar , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bucknell gives Flannery contract extension

Lewisburg, PA (Sports Network) – Bucknell and head men’s basketball coach
Pat Flannery agreed to a contract extension on Thursday. Terms of the
extension were not announced.

Flannery, the all-time winningest coach in Patriot League history, led the
Bison to a second consecutive record-setting season and a place in the NCAA
Tournament in 2005-06. Bucknell (27-5) won a tournament game for the second
straight campaign, defeating Arkansas in the Oakland bracket before falling to
top-seeded Memphis.

Bucknell shattered the school and league single-season victory mark in 2005-06
and became the first squad in league history to finish the conference season
unbeaten at 14-0.

“We are thrilled that Bucknell’s men’s basketball program will continue to
benefit from Pat Flannery’s exceptional leadership,” said director of
athletics and recreation John Hardt.

The 1980 Bucknell graduate has overseen a successful program on and off the
court since taking over in Lewisburg, understanding the meaning of the
student athlete at a mid-major program.

In 12 seasons at Bucknell, Flannery has compiled a 199-151 mark, which places
him second on the school’s all-time wins list. Flannery’s 2005-06 team also
led all members of the NCAA Tournament field with a 100 percent graduation

“Bucknell University is privileged to have Pat Flannery as its head basketball
coach,” said president Brian C. Mitchell. “He is a leader who has not only
brought tremendous basketball success to Bucknell, but he has also been a
vocal advocate of the student-athlete ideal.”

The 48-year-old Flannery also has helped usher in a new era of Bucknell
basketball, as the university unveiled its new athletics and recreation
complex and 4,000-seat Sojka Pavilion in 2003. The head coach is also bringing
in his fourth scholarship class next fall.

The commitment to athletic excellence has paid off during the last two
seasons, as Bucknell captivated a basketball nation with a victory over third-
seeded Kansas, 64-63, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season
coupled with the club’s success during this campaign.

“I thank the university leadership for the trust it has shown in the work we
are doing to continue to make the Bucknell program a success both on and off
the court. The entire future of Bucknell University is extremely bright,”
said Flannery.

Flannery has a 294-194 career coaching record and led Lebanon Valley to the
Division III national championship in 1994 before coming to his alma mater.