In his first four seasons as head coach at Cincinnati the sailing wasn’t exactly smooth for head coach Mick Cronin, whose teams were unable to reach either the 20-win plateau or the NCAA tournament.
Cronin’s Bearcats have reached the NCAA tournament in each of their last three seasons, winning at least 22 games in each of those campaigns. With that in mind the school has rewarded Cronin, extending his contract through the 2017-18 season.
“In an industry where coaching changes occur frequently, Mick brings a tremendous amount of stability to our program and loyalty to our institution and community. When Coach Cronin first arrived at UC, he had one scholarship student-athlete on the roster. Our basketball program has steadily progressed on an upward trajectory,” Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock said in a statement released by the school.
“Coming off a third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, a fall semester with the team achieving its highest grade point average since 2007 and a strength of schedule ranked 27th nationally, I’m pleased with the accomplishments being made on the court and in the classroom.
“I look forward to working with Mick and our staff in achieving our championship aspirations for many years to come. Cincinnati men’s basketball is well positioned for the future.”
Cronin has led the Bearcats to 74 wins and a Sweet 16 appearance (2012) in the last three seasons. With Sean Kilpatrick announcing his intentions to return for his senior campaign and the addition of highly-touted power forward Jermaine Lawrence, the Bearcats are poised to make another trip to the NCAA tournament in 2014.
While no salary terms were disclosed in the school’s announcement, Cronin’s contract can be extended even further if Cincinnati returns to the NCAA tournament in 2014 and 2015.