Felisha Legette-Jack signs new five-year deal
UB agreed to a new five-year deal with head women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack that will run through 2024, according to a Wednesday announcement.
Legette-Jack will earn a base salary of $270,000 a year and additional compensation of $75,000, according to The Buffalo News. Her previous base salary was $240,000 with an additional compensation of $35,000 annually.
Legette-Jack just completed her seventh season as the head coach of the program. The Bulls won their second Mid-American Conference title and made it to the Round of 32 for the second-straight year in the NCAA tournament. Legette-Jack has not only been successful on the court but off the court as well, with all of her seniors graduating in the past four seasons.
“I'm very fortunate to work with Coach here at UB," said Athletic Director Mark Alnutt in a press release. “Throughout her tenure at Buffalo, her passion for excellence with our women's basketball program both on and off the court has been second to none. Felisha has been a tremendous ambassador for UB both in the Western New York Region and nationally. I am very excited to continue working with her as we keep building our women's basketball program to historic levels.”
In 2017, the Bulls went to the Sweet 16 and finished with a program record of 29-6. Buffalo finished the season with its first-ever national ranking.
Legette-Jack has posted a 143-86 career record at UB and currently ranks second all-time in wins. The Bulls have won at least 10 MAC games in five of the last six seasons and are the only team in the MAC to win 19+ games in each of the last five seasons.
Her new base salary puts her near the top of the MAC for head coaches. Central Michigan’s Sue Guevera makes a base of $290,000, while Toledo’s Tricia Cullop makes a base of $300,000.
“Our players are now professional athletes, on the road to becoming doctors, and phenomenal women,” Legette-Jack said in a press release. “I have witnessed the most amazing ladies grow, change, evolve and stand in their greatness and I am fortunate to coach each one of them. Each one sincerely believes that they matter and they are equipped for the road ahead. To grow this program to a Sweet 16 team and reach the postseason four times during our tenure is a testament of our village. Together we built it and together we will take it to the next level.”
Nathaniel Mendelson is the senior sports editor and can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter @NateMendelson