Oakland’s Kampe gets extension through 2019-20

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Greg Kampe

Oakland basketball coach Greg Kampe has received a contract extension that will keep him put at least through the 2019-20 season.

The school's Board of Trustees approved the move at their meeting Monday.

Kampe's base pay will increase slightly to $288,000, not including bonuses.

If he completes the contract, Kampe will have coached 36 seasons at Oakland. He's already one of just three Division I coaches to be at their current school more than 30 years, joining Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (40), who's retiring in two seasons, and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (36).

"I'm grateful that the university would extend my contract," Kampe said in a statement. "I think it comes at a time that we have really been able to expand the Oakland basketball brand nationally having played on national television 12 times this year. The future of Oakland basketball and this program looks promising in all areas, not just winning on the court."

Oakland was 23-12 this season, finishing runner-up in the regular season in the Horizon League.

The Golden Grizzlies got a ton of national publicity, thanks to a swanky new blacktop court at the O'Rena, the play of star guard Kay Felder, who will enter the NBA draft and skip his senior season, and Max Hooper, who shot nothing but 3-pointers this season.

"Greg has done a great job with our transition into the Horizon League and his team met some important milestones in the classroom, in the community and on the court," athletic director Jeff Konya said in a statement. "I appreciate my working relationship with Greg and like the direction our basketball program is heading in terms of our athletics culture and ethos. He is a virtual institution at this university and his results speak for themselves."

Kampe, 60, is 558-415 at Oakland, which he's taken from Division II to Division I, and more recently from the Summit League to the Horizon League.

He ranks 18th among active Division I head coaches in wins, and 12th in games coached.

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