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Bonnies reward Mark Schmidt, staff with contract extensions

St. Bonaventure has finalized a contract extension for men’s basketball coach Mark Schmidt that runs through the 2021-22 season, the university announced Wednesday.

Schmidt, 53, led the Bonnies to their fifth winning season in the last six years last season. Bona claimed its first-ever share of the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title and posted 20-plus wins for the second time in the last five years.

“I've said many times that Mark is one of the best coaches in the Atlantic 10 Conference,” said Bona athletics director Tim Kenney. “This is a well-deserved extension, not just based upon last season but the whole nine years he has been at St. Bonaventure. Mark has set a standard of excellence and we are committed to him long-term as our head coach.”

Kenney said in a statement that the salary raises for Schmidt and his staff all are being privately funded through donations.

Bona went 22-9 overall and 14-4 in conference and went to the National Invitation Tournament after getting snubbed by the NCAA Selection Committee.

“I am happy to continue to help St. Bonaventure basketball be as competitive as we possibly can,” said Schmidt. “We have established the program to the point where we compete every year, and that is mainly a credit to our players and to my staff. I am glad for our players, for the staff and my family to make this commitment.”

Schmidt enters his 10th season at Bona. While the Bonnies lost two of their three best players to graduation (Marcus Posley and Dion Wright), Schmidt has re-stocked the roster this offseason and returns star point guard Jay Adams. Hopes are high for another winning season.

Kenney said in late spring that an extension was all but completed. Schmidt’s record at Bona is 146-131.

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