Fans and players were introduced to new UNM men’s head basketball coach Richard Pitino today at an outdoor press conference at University Stadium.
Pitino outlined the type of program he plans on running at the university, stating that “My goal is offensively and defensively, they’re very similar in a lot of ways. Offensively, we want our team to play with great freedom but with great discipline. Defensively, we want to make teams uncomfortable. Most importantly, we came here to win championships”.
Pitino’s words were exactly what a starving fan base wanted to hear: A coach that wants to pack the Pit, recruit well, and bring a Mountain West Title back o UNM.
Before that can happen, the nuts and bolts of his contract needed to be worked out. The University just released the details of Pitino’s 6-year contract, although buyout language has not been agreed to at this time.
Base Salary: $400,000
Contract Term: Six (6) Years
Anticipated Start Date of Term: April 1, 2021
Media Relations: $200,00 per year
Program Promotion: $175,000 year one, $200,000 years 2-6
Relocation Expenses: One‐time payment not to exceed $25,000, plus applicable in‐kind or no cost services and accommodations (e.g., temporary housing) provided by University to Coach.
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Total Compensation: $4,975,000