UAB men’s basketball head coach Andy Kennedy will receive a raise and contract extension after directing his team into the NCAA Tournament in his second season at the helm of the program.

Kennedy’s new contract calls for him to be paid a base salary of $900,000 annually with a yearly increase of $100,000. The contract will run from April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2028. It was the second consecutive year that he received a contract extension. His previous contract was scheduled to finish after the 2026-27 season and he was paid a base salary of $725,000.

Mark Ingram presented the proposed contract amendment to the University of Alabama’s Board of Trustees compensation committee on Wednesday morning. The amendment received unanimous support by the committee.

The Blazers made tremendous strides as a program in Kennedy’s first two seasons as the head coach at his alma mater. In two seasons, he is 49-15 overall and 27-9 in Conference USA play. This past season, UAB set a school record with 27 wins, beat Louisiana Tech in the Conference USA championship game and played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2014-15 season.

Ingram told the compensation committee members in his presentation regarding Kennedy that UAB “would like to ensure his retention to continue the team’s success.”

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