University of Nevada head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman has signed a new five-year contract to coach the Wolf Pack through the 2021-22 season. Musselman led the Wolf Pack to its first Mountain West regular season and tournament titles this past season. The MW tournament title earned Nevada its first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade.
The additional compensation for the new contract is being generated mainly from two sources, private donors and community support through tickets sales. A group of donors has signed multi-year pledges through the UNR Foundation to assist with the compensation.
The community support shown last season was evident as Nevada averaged a school record 8,923 fans and had six games of over 10,000 at Lawlor Events Center. A Lawlor record 11,841 watched Nevada defeat intrastate rival UNLV 104-77. A second sellout of 11,662 viewed the Pack’s 87-72 victory over Colorado State that clinched the Mountain West regular season title. The fan support has shown a growth in ticket revenue that has allowed the athletics department to use the additional funds as part of the compensation package.