Gophers basketball coach Richard Pitino receives contract extension

Pitino has coached Minnesota for the past four seasons.

Gophers men's basketball Head Coach Richard Pitino talks to his team during a timeout on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

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Gophers men’s basketball Head Coach Richard Pitino talks to his team during a timeout on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.

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Gopher men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino received a contract extension through the 2022 season on Wednesday.

“I’ve seen accountability, commitment and focus from every student-athlete and member of the men’s basketball staff, led by Coach Pitino,” Athletics Director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “The team’s success on the court this year generated a lot of excitement on campus and around the state.”

The extension — pending Board of Regents approval in May — adds one year to his current contract. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

The Gophers finished 24-10 last season, a 16-victory improvement from the season before. The team also earned a bid to the NCAA tournament, the first time Pitino had done so as a head coach.

“My family and I love living in the Twin Cities and look forward to continuing to build a strong men’s basketball program on and off the court,” Pitino said in a statement. “The future of Gopher basketball is very bright, and I am excited to be a part of it.”