Cuonzo Martin signed a deal with Cal on Tuesday. (Courtesy Cal Athletics)

Cuonzo Martin earns contract extension at Cal

After leading the Cal men’s basketball team to its highest-ever NCAA tournament seed last spring, head coach Cuonzo Martin has earned a new contract extension that runs through the 2020-2021 season.

“Coach Martin is a proven educator who has created a culture of success on the court, in the classroom and in our community,” Director of Athletics Mike Williams said in a press release.

Entering his third season with the school, Martin had never signed an official contract prior to agreeing to his new extension. Instead, Martin had been coaching under the terms of his original offer sheet.

Last season, Martin’s Bears posted a perfect 18-0 mark  at Haas Pavilion, which was a school record.

“I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve so far here in Berkeley, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue to build the Cal men’s basketball program,” Martin said. “We’re just getting started, and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to shape our men into leaders on and off the court.

Cal begins the 2016-2017 season by hosting South Dakota State on Nov. 11.

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