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UB women’s coach Legette-Jack gets new contract

The University at Buffalo has rewarded women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack for the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance, signing her Tuesday to a new five-year contract.

The deal runs through the 2020-21 season. Legette-Jack previously had a deal signed two years ago that ran through 2018-19.

UB went 20-14 last season and won the school’s first Mid-American Conference championship in stunning fashion. The Bulls posted three upsets in the MAC Tournament and earned an NCAA berth with a last-second win over Central Michigan.

“We are extremely pleased Coach Jack will continue to lead our women’s basketball program,” UB Athletic Director Allen Greene said. “Felisha represents the best of what we look for at Buffalo. She has been a positive figure in our community as well as a successful leader on the court. Her commitment to this program is unparalleled, and I look forward to seeing her on the sidelines for many years to come.”

Legette-Jack has coached at UB four seasons and the last three have been winning years. It’s the first time UB has had three straight winning seasons since 1998-2001. UB went 17-13 in 2013-14, the first winning year for the women’s basketball program in 11 seasons. The Bulls went 19-13 in 2014-15.

“With the support of our great administration and this amazing community, we will continue to flourish,” Legette-Jack said. “We’re excited for what we are building here and we are on our way to new-found heights. Going to the WNIT last year for the first time in program history really set a precedent. Getting to the NCAA Tournament this year shows there is no ceiling to how great we can become.”

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