Head coach Mark Schmidt signs long-term deal to stay with St. Bonaventure

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After a season in which the Bonnies finished 20-12 and won the Atlantic 10 tournament title, St. Bonaventure has agreed to terms with coach Mark Schmidt on a long-term deal, the school announced Wednesday.

The five-year extension keeps Schmidt with the Bonnies through the 2018-19 season.

“I’m pleased and honored by the commitment the University made to me and my staff,” Schmidt said in a release. “The players that my staff has successfully recruited the previous five years have brought our program back to prominence. We fully expect to continue building on the tradition of excellence and doing it the right way in years to come.”

This past season was Schmidt’s second straight winning season with St. Bonaventure in his five total years with the school.

Schmidt was previously at Robert Morris, where he coached for six seasons, amassing an overall record of 82-90. He has also been an assistant as Penn State and Xavier.

The Bonnies will be losing senior forward Andrew Nicholson in 2012-13, after he averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2011-12.

Schmidt is a graduate of Boston College, where he played basketball.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_