PAUL KITAGAKI JR. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com

Brian Katz, who agreed to a new contract with Sacramento State, led the Hornets to the best season in seven years and helped them move up the Big Sky Conference ladder.

Sacramento State, men's basketball coach Brian Katz agree on five-year contract

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 - 1:12 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Sacramento State basketball coach Brian Katz has agreed to a new five-year contract through the 2017-18 season, athletic director Terry Wanless announced Wednesday.

Last season, Katz's fifth season as coach, the Hornets had their most victories in seven years and tied the team's record for most Big Sky Conference victories.

The team has improved its conference each season since Katz became coach before the 2008-09 season, and Katz's teams have defeated two Pacific-12 Conference teams on the road (Oregon State and Utah).

"We've been pleased with the progress our men's basketball program has made under Coach Katz," Wanless said in a statement released by the university. "His first five years have shown increased success, and we want to give him and his staff every opportunity to build the program we envision at Sacramento State. Coach Katz has been extremely committed to Sacramento State, and we wanted to show how committed we are to him.

The Hornets will have nine players returning from last year's team and their recruiting class includes Eric Stuteville, a 6-foot-10 center from Casa Roble High School.

"Obviously, as a coach, you feel really good about a five-year commitment from both the athletics administration and the University's administration," Katz said in a statement. "I don't think a lot of coaches in the country have that type of a commitment from their institution."

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