Borton signs contract extension

The deal will keep Borton at Minnesota through the 2010-11 season.

by Ben Goessling

Minnesota women’s basketball coach Pam Borton has officially signed a three-year contract extension that will keep her with the Gophers until 2011.

Borton and Athletics Director Joel Maturi signed the deal, which had been nearing completion for several weeks, on Oct. 1. It became official Saturday with the signature of Deputy General Counsel William Donohue.

“I’m thankful to Joel and the administration for their recognition of my commitment to the program,” Borton said in a release. “The basketball program has experienced a great amount of success over the last two years. I’m looking forward to continuing our building of this program.”

The contract will increase Borton’s base salary from $150,000 to $180,000 this season, and that figure will increase to $200,000 in 2005-06.

“My goal was not to hire a new women’s basketball coach during my time here, and now it looks like that’s realistic,” Maturi said. “I told Pam at the end of last season there wasn’t a great sense of urgency since she had (four) years left on her contract. But she deserved this, and I wanted to get something done.”

Borton, who was in the third year of her original six-year deal, also stands to receive $80,000 in a guaranteed compensation package this season.

While she took Minnesota to its first-ever Final Four last season, Borton still isn’t getting paid like it.

The salary is believed to rank the coach in the middle of the conference, and is far less than the package Wisconsin gave Lisa Stone before the 2003-04 season. Stone, the former coach at Drake, made $250,000 in base salary last year, the first of a five-year deal.

Borton’s contract includes a $250,000 buyout penalty, a deferred compensation package if Borton finishes the contract, and incentives for performance, recruiting and academics.

The 39-year-old coach owns a 50-15 mark in two seasons with the Gophers. She was nominated for several national coach of the year awards after her first season, including the Naismith Coach of the Year award.