Zagsblog: Buzz Williams gets new 7 year contract to stay at Marquette

Via Zagsblog:

Marquette coach Buzz Williams has signed a seven-year rollover contract extension at $2 million annually.

“The new agreement is an acknowledgement of Buzz’s standing as one of the rising stars in collegiate coaching,” Marquette AD Steve Cottingham said.

 “The current direction of the program under his leadership fits perfectly into the mission and values of the University. Buzz has done a tremendous job guiding the program to successes both on and off the court and we look forward to that continuing for many years to come.”

The Golden Eagles advanced to the NCAA Tournament each of Williams’ first three seasons, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2010-11. Marquette is 69-37 (.651) overall during his tenure and 32-22 (.593) in Big East Conference competition.

“I was given an opportunity beyond my wildest dreams 1086 days ago and my entire family is extremely humbled and grateful by the opportunity to continue this journey,” Williams said.

“Too much attention is given to my position, but I assure you, it’s the collective ownership of all of those who impact our program daily, who have developed the culture we currently have,” Williams added. “I am thankful to all of those who work so diligently to make our program the success it is today.”

Since taking over, Williams has led Marquette to three straight NCAA tournaments, is 69-37 overall and 32-22 in Big East play.

This is great news for Marquette Golden Eagles fans all around the nation. They needed to lock Buzz up because he could have went and succeeded at Oklahoma, NC State, or any other school. However, he decided to stay and wait for a deal and he received the big bucks. While he is going to make the big bucks, he has transformed this program from the Tom Crean era. What he has done since he took over the big three is tremendous. He has brought in great kids, great work ethic, and great attitude to lead them to the sweet sixteen this season. I have talked to Buzz a lot over my three years here and what I really appreciate is his honesty and passion for the game of basketball. He treats these kids like they are his children rather than just players who go to play basketball with him. He transforms them from basketball players to fathers and men of honor. That is why he was locked up for a while and that’s why I see great things for Marquette in the future…

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