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UC Davis men’s basketball coach Jim Les receives new contract

UC Davis head coach Jim Les instructs the players during practice at The Pavilion in Davis, Calif. on Thursday, Oct 30, 2014.
UC Davis head coach Jim Les instructs the players during practice at The Pavilion in Davis, Calif. on Thursday, Oct 30, 2014. Aseng@sacbee.com

UC Davis men’s basketball coach Jim Les has signed a new six-year contract that will carry through to the 2020-2021 season.

Les led the Aggies to their best showing in the Division I era this past season. UC Davis won 25 games, captured the Big West Conference regular season title and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament. The Aggies’ turnaround from a 9-22 record in 2013-14 was the best in D-I this past season.

Les is in the fourth year of a five-year contract that he signed when he became the Aggies’ coach in 2011. His new contract takes effect July 1. Under the new contract approved by the UC Regents on Thursday, Les, who is making annual guaranteed compensation of $279,165, will receive a yearly base and lecturer’s salary of $300,000. It will increase annually by $10,000 to $350,000 in the final year of the contract. Most of Les’ salary will be funded with athletic department revenues.

Les also will be eligible for a maximum annual performance bonus of $267,500 to be tied the success of the men’s basketball team’s NCAA Academic Progress Rate. There was no performance bonus incentives in Les’ previous contract.

“I am thrilled that Coach Les will be leading our men’s basketball program here at UC Davis well into the future,” said UCD interim athletic director Teresa Gould in a release. “What this program has accomplished both on the court and in the classroom is a testament to his strong leadership and our student-athletes are fortunate to have him at the helm.”

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