IUPUI gives hoops coach Gardner contract extension through 2020

IUPUI coach Jason Gardner has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him on the sideline through the 2019-20 season.

Terms of the deal were not announced by the school.

Gardner is 37-58 in three seasons at the school. But with the former Arizona star and 1999 Indiana Mr. Basketball Award winner in charge, the Jaguars have improved their victory total each successive season.

IUPUI finished 14-18 last season and reached The Summit League Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2011.

The team is moving to the Horizon League in the upcoming season.

"We're continuing to make strides and I'm confident that we'll continue down that road," Gardner said in a media release. "I know we all feel a little more energy with the move to the Horizon League, and I think it's a good thing for our program and our department overall."

Gardner, 36, grew up in Indianapolis and played for North Central High School.

"Coach Gardner is a remarkable leader for his student-athletes," said IUPUI Director of Athletics Roderick Perry. "He is focused on their overall success as men by equipping them with tools to be successful in basketball and life beyond basketball.

"I am confident that Coach Gardner will continue to build this program to a point where we are consistently competing for Horizon League championships."

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