May 19, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart announced Wednesday that the contract of head men’s basketball coach Leonard Hamilton has been extended by three years taking him through
the 2009-2010 season.
In extending and transforming Coach Hamilton’s contract to a six-year
agreement, we are rewarding him for the outstanding leadership he continues
to provide,” said Hart. “We are also reinforcing the message that we view
him as the right person to lead our men’s basketball program to a level of
excellence within a 12-team Atlantic Coast Conference and nationally as well.
I believe we are very fortunate to have Leonard and his staff providing
the leadership it takes to reach the goals we all have for Seminole
Basketball,” Hart added.
Hamilton’s base pay increased from $144,899 to $152,144 in the new contact.
“I appreciate the confidence that the Florida State administration has
shown in our staff. The university and athletics department have made a
strong commitment which shows that having a successful basketball program
is important. We appreciate the opportunity to continue to move our
program forward. We believe FSU can achieve at the very highest level of
college basketball and we are glad to have ample time to continue to reach
The Seminoles finished 19-14 this season and advanced to the second round
of the NIT Tournament. FSU was 14-15 in Hamilton’s first season in
2002-2003. FSU’s Tim Pickett earned first-team All-ACC honors this past
Hamilton came to FSU after coaching the NBA’s Washington Wizards in
2000-01. Prior to his NBA stint, Hamilton was head coach at Miami (Fla.)
from 1990-2000 and Oklahoma State from 1986-1990. He was Big East Coach of
the Year in both 1994-95 and 1998-99.