Friday , Jul , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UCLA’s Howland gets seven-year contract

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – UCLA head men’s basketball coach Ben
Howland was given a new seven-year contract by the school on Friday. The deal
runs through the 2012-13 season and includes guaranteed compensation of $1.15
million for the 2006-07 season, rising to $1.6 million for the 2012-13 season.

“Ben is one of the top coaches in all of college basketball,” said UCLA
athletic director Dan Guerrero. “In a short time, he has returned UCLA to
elite status and we expect to remain there for the foreseeable future.
Reaching the championship game in just his third year was an outstanding
achievement, and he is building a program that will be strong for years to

This past season, UCLA won 32 games, tying a school-record, en route to the
NCAA championship game against Florida. The Bruins won 12 consecutive contests
to reach the final before losing, 73-57. UCLA won its first Pac-10 title since
1997 and its first Pac-10 Tournament crown since 1987.

“As I said on the day that Dan Guerrero hired me, UCLA is my dream job,” said
Howland. “I grew up a Bruin basketball fan. I am honored to be the head coach
at this fine institution, and I am thankful to Dan for the faith he has shown
in me. Reaching the title game last year was tremendous, but our goal is to
contend for the NCAA title on a regular basis. Our team is looking forward to
the challenges ahead.”

The 49-year-old Howland was the head coach at Pittsburgh from 1999-2003 and
was in the same capacity with Northern Arizona from 1994-1999.