BYU Pepperdine Basketball

BYU head coach Mark Pope gestures during a college basketball game against Pepperdine on Feb. 29, 2020, in Malibu, Calif.

PROVO — BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe announced Tuesday a contract extension has been finalized for BYU head men’s basketball coach Mark Pope that extends through the 2026-27 season.

“Mark is a proven leader and a builder of strong teams that will continue to represent BYU well,” Holmoe said. “His unique abilities to recruit, develop and refine are the attributes any school would love for their coaches to possess, and we are so glad to have him here.”

Within the contract discussions, and in an effort to help BYU Athletics with budget concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope elected to defer increased compensation in the new contract into future years.

Pope is 101-64 as a college head coach after last season’s 24-8 mark in his first at BYU.

“I love BYU, I love what this university stands for, I love Cougar Nation, and I love this team,” Pope said. “I have never had an experience in my basketball career quite like last season. What we were able to accomplish, considering the circumstances we found ourselves in, was remarkable, and there’s so much more to come. This is a program where we can win, and win big. Lee Anne and I are filled with gratitude to announce this contract extension, and we’re just getting started.”

Pope’s first season coaching BYU brought the most wins for a first-year coach in program history. He led the team to a win over No. 2 Gonzaga in the Marriott Center, the highest-ranked team the Cougars have defeated in the Marriott Center’s history. The Cougars jumped into the Top 25 for the first time since 2010-11, climbing as high as No. 14.

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