Hamilton gets five-year extension

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Hamilton gets five-year extension

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Ticker)—Leonard Hamilton got more than just a league award for his efforts with Florida State.

Hamilton received a five-year contract extension Monday that will keep him with the Seminoles through the 2013-14 season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed as they have yet to be finalized.

The extension is just the latest honor for Hamilton, who was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Florida State to a 25-10 record that included the school’s first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 10 years.

“I am very appreciative that our administration has shown a high level of confidence in me and in our staff,” Hamilton said. “Much of the credit for our accomplishments goes to our staff and our players who have worked so hard to put us in position to be successful. I feel that the future is very bright for this program.”

The Seminoles’ 25 wins ended up tying for the second-most in school history while their 10 victories in the ACC marked the first time since 1992-93 that Florida State reached double figures in the power conference.

In seven seasons with the Seminoles, Hamilton has compiled a 131-95 record that includes three campaigns of 20 or more wins in the last four.

“We are very anxious to keep moving ahead as we take the program to higher heights and continue to make Florida State basketball a program of significance both nationally and in the ACC,” Hamilton said. “We took a big step this season in moving towards becoming the kind of basketball program we can be on an annual basis.”

A coach for Oklahoma State, Miami and the NBA’s Washington Wizards before coming to Tallahassee, Hamilton owns a 331-305 mark in 20 seasons at the college level.

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