Central Michigan gives men's hoops coach Keno Davis four-year extension, slight raise
Central Michigan men's basketball coach Keno Davis recently received a four-year contract extension, a reward for posting winning seasons in four of his last five seasons.
Davis, 47, was set to enter the final year of his existing deal, but received a vote of confidence from athletic director Michael Alford. His new deal runs through 2023-24.
Under the new deal, Davis will draw a base salary of $319,923, a slight raise over the $300,000 he earned under his old deal.
"He does it the right way, on the court, off the court, and the kids contribute in the community," athletic director Michael Alford said. "The program's in a good spot.
"I like how the competition is going. I like how we're changing our scheduling to schedule some harder games. I like what he's doing.
"It's the total package."
Davis' bonus structure also sees slight increases in several areas, including:
► With a winning record, he will receive $7,500 (up from $5,000).
► With 20 or more wins, he will receive $10,000 (up from $5,000).
► With a regular-season Mid-American Conference West Division championship, he receives $7,500 (up from $5,000).
► If he's named MAC or NABC coach of the year, he receives $7,500 (up from $5,000).
► If Central Michigan finishes the season in either one of the top-25 polls, he receives $10,000 (up from $7,500); if it's in both bolls, he receives an additional $10,000 (up from $7,500).
► If his team posts an NCAA Academic Progress Rate above 985, he receives $10,000 (up from $5,000 if his team finished above 930).
Not changing on the bonus structure, Davis still receives $10,000 if Central Michigan wins the MAC regular-season championship and $15,000 if his team wins the MAC tournament; he gets $10,000 for making the NCAA Tournament, $15,000 for advancing to the second round, $20,000 for making the Sweet 16, $25,000 for making the Elite Eight, $30,000 for making the Final Four, $40,000 for making the NCAA championship game, and $75,000 for winning the national championship; he gets $7,500 for making the NIT; he gets $2,500 if home attendance averages 2,500 for the season; and he receives $2,500 for each home game that is sold out.
Davis came to Central Michigan ahead of the 2012 season, after previous coaching stops at Providence and Drake.
After tough showings his first two seasons, Central Michigan went 23-9 in 2014-15, and also topped 20 wins in 2017-18 (21-15) and 2018-19 (23-12). The Chippewas have made four postseason appearances, in the NIT once, CIT twice and CBI once.
Central Michigan hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 2003.
Davis' deal gives one Central Michigan program some stability, after the Chippewas recently changed coaches in football, baseball, women's basketball and softball.
This year's men's basketball team is dealing with the graduation of backcourt tandem Shawn Roundtree Jr. and Larry Austin Jr., but returns four key seniors — David DiLeo, Kevin McKay, Rob Montgomery and David Morgan.
The Chippewas open the season Nov. 5 at home against Michigan-Dearborn, and has marquee nonconference games at Minnesota on Nov. 21, at Texas on Dec. 14, and at Purdue on Dec .28.