Legette-Jack agrees to five-year extension with Bulls

April 24, 2019 - 5:59 pm

University at Buffalo Athletic Director Mark Alnutt announced Wednesday afternoon that women's basketball head coach Felisha Legette-Jack has agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep her on with the Bulls through 2024.

"I want to thank President Satish Tripathi and Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt for this opportunity to continue to grow our women's basketball program," Legette-Jack said. "We have done a tremendous job collectively to bring the program to the level that it is at now. We certainly want more! We absolutely want to build our program to new found heights. I am sincerely grateful to President Tripathi and Mr. Alnutt for entrusting me with this opportunity."

The Bulls are coming off a season in which they took home their second Mid-American Conference tournament championship in the last four years, earning them their second ever automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. With their first round victory over Rutgers, UB became the first MAC team to win a game in back-to-back tournaments since Toledo in 1991-92. 

Legette-Jack led the Bulls to their most historic season in program history in 2017-18. UB won the program's first two NCAA Tournament games and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The Bulls' final record was 29-6 and they finished as the 21st-ranked team in the country, their first national ranking in school history. 

In her seven years at UB, Legette-Jack holds a 143-86 record and has led the Bulls to six consecutive winning seasons; along with winning 20-plus games in each of the last four years.

"In the last four years, we have won 95 games but more importantly, we have graduated each player that was here for those four years as well," Legette-Jack stated. "Our players are now professional athletes, on the road to becoming doctors, and phenomenal women. I have witnessed the most amazing ladies grow, change, evolve and stand in their greatness and I am fortunate to coach each one of them. Each one sincerely believes that they matter and they are equipped for the road ahead. To grow this program to a Sweet 16 team and reach the postseason four times during our tenure is a testament of our village. Together we built it and together we will take it to the next level."

The announcement of Legette-Jack staying put at UB is bad news for the rest of the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls have won 10 or more conference games in five of the last six seasons and are the only MAC team to win 19-plus games in each of the last five years.

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