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Published July 12, 2013, 04:46 PM

UND Extends Jones' Contract Through 2016-17

Jones' two-year option is renewed after third-place finish in first Big Sky Conference season.

By: Pat Sweeney, WDAZ

(GRAND FORKS) -- UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones received more job security Friday, when UND picked up his two-year option, keeping Jones under contract through the 2016-17 season.

In July 2012, Jones received a three-year extension with two option years.

Jones has been UND's head coach for seven seasons.

Last season, in UND's first year in the Big Sky Conference, Jones led UND to a 12-8 conference record and a third-place finish--the best ever for a first-year Big Sky team.

UND went 16-17 overall last season, giving Jones a seven-year record of 102-114 and a conference mark of 36-43.

“Coach Jones has a clear blue print for this program and the results are showing,” said UND athletic director Brian Faison. “This team has had as much success as any team transitioning to the Division I level in recent years, including three straight CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament berths.

“We saw the immediate success his team had during its first year in the Big Sky. With the program heading in the right direction, we are happy to show him this level of commitment by extending his contract.”

Jones said he is grateful for UND's commitment.

“This will allow our program to continue to establish ourselves not only in the Big Sky Conference, but also among other Mid-Major programs,” Jones said.

Reports say Jones will make $100,000 annually, a raise of $14,000.