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Sacramento State men’s basketball coach Brian Katz receives contract extension

Hornets head coach Brian Katz watches his team in the second half in Thursday nights game between the Sacramento Hornets and Weber State in Sacramento, California January 25, 2012.
Hornets head coach Brian Katz watches his team in the second half in Thursday nights game between the Sacramento Hornets and Weber State in Sacramento, California January 25, 2012. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Sacramento State men’s basketball coach Brian Katz signed a contract extension Thursday that will give him a salary bump and incentives to keep him with the Hornets through the 2019-20 season.

The new five-year contract comes after Katz led the Hornets to a breakthrough 2014-15 season, his seventh at Sac State.

$170,000 Base salary Sacramento State men’s basketball coach Brian Katz will receive for 2015-16, up from $155,000 the previous season.

Sac State (21-12 overall and 13-5 in Big Sky Conference) enjoyed its first winning record and postseason appearance of the Division I era, dating to 1991. The Hornets also had their first postseason win in 53 years, and their 21 wins was tied for second most in program history. The team’s 13 conference wins set a school record.

Katz was named the CollegeInsider.com National Mid-Major Coach of the Year, District 6 Coach of the Year and Big Sky Conference co-Coach of the Year.

In addition to improving the team’s conference win-loss record in each of his seven seasons, 22 of the 24 players whose eligibility expired under Katz have graduated. The team’s 3.15 GPA during the 2014 fall semester was the program’s highest ever.

“We are excited to commit to coach Katz and keep him in the Hornet family for years to come,” Sac State athletic director Bill Macriss said in a release. “Since his arrival, he has taken a very holistic approach at growing the program.”

It feels great to be appreciated. The administration on every level of this university has always supported me and I am very thankful.

Brian Katz, Sacramento State men’s basketball coach

Katz turned his alma mater’s maligned 1,000-seat Hornets Nest into a positive for the program. In the past three seasons, the team has posted a 34-9 home record and made the small gym one of the toughest places to play for Big Sky opponents.

“It feels great to be appreciated,” Katz said. “The administration on every level of this university has always supported me and I am very thankful.

“Obviously this doesn’t happen without great kids and a great staff, and it’s exciting to be a part of an ever-growing and thriving university for another five years.”

Katz, who made a base salary of $155,000 in 2014-15 and is one of the lowest paid men’s D-I basketball coaches in California, will receive a base salary of $170,000 for 2015-16 to increase by $4,000 annually over the life of the contract. He also will be eligible for up to $157,500 annually in performance bonuses, based on academic and athletic benchmarks. School officials say most of that money will come from non-state sources.

Katz signed a five-year contract when he took the job in 2008. He received a five-year extension in 2013 that was to take him through the 2017-18 season.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP

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