Ben Braun Agrees to Two-Year Contract Extension
June 20, 2006
BERKELEY - University of California men's basketball coach Ben Braun has agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced Tuesday.
'I am very pleased that we are able to show our commitment to Ben Braun and the Cal basketball program with this agreement,' Barbour said. 'Ben brings a high level of integrity to the position, both as a coach and an educator. With the record of success he has attained, it only makes sense to secure him for the long run.'
Braun, who ranks second in both victories and tenure in Golden Bear history, owns a 186-121 record in 10 seasons at the helm of the Cal program. He has directed the Bears to five NCAA Tournaments, including an invitation this past March when Cal finished 20-11 overall, placed third in the Pac-10 Conference and reached the final of the conference tournament for the first time.
The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1997 (Sweet 16), 2001, 2002 (second round) and 2003 (second round) under Braun's leadership. In addition, he guided Cal to the 1999 National Invitation Tournament championship and to the NIT quarterfinals in 2000. His seven postseason berths, including five trips to the NCAA playoffs, are school records.
'I'm pleased to receive an extension and value Sandy's ongoing support,' Braun said. 'Coaching continuity has enabled us to build our program and recruit at a high level. Our coaching staff and players remain committed to our goals of challenging for Pac-10 championships and competing in the NCAA Tournament.'
Under Braun's direction, two players have earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors - Ed Gray in 1997 and Sean Lampley in 2001 - while four Bears have paced the league in scoring - Gray (1997), Lampley (2001), Joe Shipp (2003) and Leon Powe (2006). Powe was also voted Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2004, and this past season, he became just the sixth player in league history to lead the conference in both scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.1 rpg).
In all, Braun's players have earned All-Pac-10 honors eight times, Pac-10 All-Freshman honors six times and Pac-10 All-Academic first- or second-team notice on nine occasions.
Braun has guided his teams to a school-record six 20-win campaigns, and his average of 18.6 wins per season with the Bears is second only to the legendary Pete Newell (19.8 per season) in school annals. He is also the first coach since Newell to post a winning conference record (98-82), including eight upper-division Pac-10 finishes in 10 years.
This is the third contract extension for Braun since he joined the program in September 1996. He also signed new contracts in 1997 and 2001. Including prior stints at Siena Heights College and Eastern Michigan, Braun has won 519 career games in 29 seasons, and he ranks 11th nationally among active coaches in total victories.
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