Men's and Women's Head Basketball Coaches Get Contract Extention

March 30, 1999

LOS ANGELES - UCLA athletic director Peter Dalis tonight announced contract extensions through the 2004-2005 seasons for both men's head basketball coach Steve Lavin and women's head basketball coach Kathy Olivier.

Lavin's current contract, which runs through the 2001-2002 season, will be extended through the 2004-2005 season giving him a six-year contract which will also include a rollover clause. The annual compensation package will be $578,000.

Olivier's current contract, which also runs through the 2001-2002 season, will also be extended through the 2004-2005 season giving her a six-year contract. Details of Olivier's compensation package have not yet been finalized.

"Steve has built an outstanding foundation with his recruiting classes," said Dalis. "We are excited about the direction of the program and are looking forward to many more years of success with Steve as our head coach.

"We are excited with the progress of Kathy's program as well," Dalis continued. "She has made steady improvement each year, culminating with the team's Pac-10 title and march to the Elite Eight this season. Our women's program has a very bright future."

"I am grateful to Pete and the University administration for their support," Lavin said. "UCLA is where I want to coach and I'm looking forward to the challenge of continuing to build upon the foundation that has been established during the last three years."

Olivier was on the road recruiting and not available for comment.

Lavin is the only coach in UCLA history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons on the job. During his tenure, the Bruins have compiled a record of 70-26 and have participated in the NCAA Tournament in all three years, including one trip to the Elite Eight and one trip to the Sweet 16. In 1997, his first year, the Bruins also won the Pac-10 championship.

Olivier has compiled a record of 97-74 in six seasons as head coach. In 1999, the Bruins won their first Pac-10 title, reached the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time and finished with a record of 26-8. Their second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament marked the first time the Bruins had played in back-to-back post-season tournaments since 1980 and 1981.

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