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Geno Auriemma has signed a five-year contract extension to remain the head coach of UConn women’s basketball, the university announced Friday.

Geno Auriemma has meant so much to the University of Connecticut, and to our entire state, for the last 36 years,” athletic director David Benedict said in a statement.  “The program that Geno has built is the gold standard in college athletics and I’m thrilled that he will continue to lead it for the foreseeable future.”

Auriemma’s new contract runs through April 2025 and can be extended for two additional one-year periods by mutual agreement.

Auriemma’s base salary will be $600,000 per year, with additional compensation totaling $2.2 million for the 2020-21 season. That will increase by $100,000 each year through the term of the contract.

In 36 seasons under Auriemma, UConn has won a record 11 women’s NCAA championships and been to 21 Final Fours, including this past season. The Huskies will enter next season as title favorites with Player of the Year Paige Bueckers returning for her sophomore season and 2021 No. 1 recruit Azzi Fudd making her UConn debut.

“I would like to thank David Benedict and the University of Connecticut leadership for their continued commitment to me and the women’s basketball program,” Auriemma said in the release.  “UConn has been great to me for the last 36 years and I look forward to being here for at least a few more years. I think the future for our program, and UConn Athletics, is exciting.”