Florida State has rewarded men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton with a two-year contract extension, according to Tim Linafelt of Seminoles.com.
The timing certainly seems odd, especially considering how the Seminoles are 16-11 (6-9 ACC) this season, but Hamilton has proven to be an excellent recruiter during his time in Tallahassee, especially having landed five-star freshman and McDonald’s All-American Dwayne Bacon over programs like Louisville, Baylor and others last year.
Hamilton, 67, has also led Florida State to six NIT trips and four NCAA Tournament berths since assuming the reins of the program back in 2002. He has gone 274-184 (112-117 ACC) with the Seminoles and led the program to its first ever ACC title in 2011, also bringing Florida State as far as the Sweet Sixteen that year.
Hamilton also has coached at Miami and Oklahoma State and owns a career record of 474-394.
He’s never made the Final Four, nor is he as big a name in the coaching game as fellow ACC peers Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams, but Hamilton has always been a hard worker and his teams reflect that. Thus, despite Florida State not being the best of the best, this extension is earned and well-deserved.
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