Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins reacts during the first half of his team’s game against Colorado on Friday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Washington men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins reacts during the first half of his team’s game against Colorado on Friday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Washington, Mike Hopkins agree to extension through 2025

He led the UW men’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament in his second season as head coach

Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Washington has rewarded men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins for getting the Huskies back to the NCAA Tournament by giving him a contract extension through the 2025 season.

The ninth-seeded Huskies open NCAA play Friday against No. 8 seed Utah State. It’s Washington’s first appearance in the tournament since 2011.

“I’ve always said ‘people, place and potential’ matter and Washington is exactly where I want to be,” Hopkins said in a news release announcing the extension. “Our program is surrounded by great people and we’ve made some great strides in our first two years here. I’m very excited for the future of Husky basketball and am grateful for the support of the university and our awesome Husky fans.”

Hopkins is 47-21 in his two seasons at Washington and has turned around a program that won just nine games the year before he arrived. He’s twice been named the Pac-12 coach of the year and the Huskies ran away with the Pac-12 regular-season title this year.

Terms of the contract were not announced.

“Not only has coach Hopkins made an immediate impact on the on-court success of our men’s basketball program, but he has fully embraced this campus and the entire city of Seattle,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said. “I look forward to seeing the difference he continues to make in the lives of our incredible student-athletes and in this incredible city.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

WIAA sets new deadline for spring sports championships

The organization says if school returns by May 4 it will still hold “some sort of culminating event.”

The Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. smiles from beneath a pile of teammates who mobbed him after he scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Oct. 8, 1995, at the Kingdome. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
POLL RESULTS: 1995 is the season for positive M’s memories

More than two-thirds of voters said their best Mariners memories come from Seattle’s first playoff run.

Former Washington football coach Jim Lambright dies at 77

He spent nearly four decades with the Husky program as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Mariners’ Gonzales on no opening day: ‘It’s definitely weird’

The Seattle starter says he’s encouraged by MLB’s coronavirus deal, but hopes pitchers are protected.

UW coach Lake still hopeful for football in fall

‘I think we are going to have a season and I think it’s going to be a memorable one,’ the new coach says.

UW’s Stewart declares for NBA draft

The freshman sensation led the Huskies in scoring, rebounding and blocks in his only season at UW.

Seahawks bring back Mayowa to help pass rush

A member of Seattle’s 2013 Super Bowl team, the 28-year-old had seven sacks last season for the Raiders.

Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII

The virus forces the cancellation of the tennis event for the first time for any reason other than war.

Seahawks cut ties with safety Thompson, tight end Dickson

The moves create an additional $5 million in cap space as Seattle searches for pass-rush help.

Most Read