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WMU Head Coach Hawkins Signs 5-Year-Contract Extension

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From WMU Media Relations:

KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- Western Michigan University Basketball Coach Steve Hawkins will be with the Broncos through the 2016 season.  KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Western Michigan University announced on Wednesday, Aug. 3, that Steve Hawkins received a contract extension that was made effective as of May 1, 2011 and carries through April 30, 2016. Hawkins has led WMU men's basketball to five Mid-American Conference West Division titles and has never finished lower than second during his tenure.

"Western Michigan men's basketball has had enormous success under Coach Hawkins and we are so very proud and excited to announce that he will continue to lead our Broncos into the future with this extension," commented WMU Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard. "We are raising the bar as a department and we look forward to building on previous success toward our ultimate goals to bring championships to Western Michigan University."

The adjusted guaranteed annual compensation includes a base salary amount of $210,000 plus $100,000 for public, radio and television appearances. As a part of this extension, the incentive package was restructured with a stronger emphasis on MAC regular season and tournament championships.

The Western Michigan Broncos finished the 2010-11 season with a 21-13 overall record, the eighth 20-win season in program history and the fourth under Hawkins, who took the reigns of the program in 2004. The Broncos finished with an 11-5 record in the MAC, good for the MAC West title. It was the sixth division title in program history and fifth with Hawkins leading the way. The Broncos advanced to the semifinals of the MAC Tournament, defeating Bowling Green 67-56 before falling to eventual champion Akron, and hosted a pair of postseason CIT Tournament games.

Hawkins' coaching numbers at Western Michigan rank among the best in the history of the MAC, both in conference games and in overall contests. Hawkins has a career record of 83-51 in conference games for a .619 winning percentage, which ranks first among active MAC coaches and sixth in the history of the conference. In addition, Hawkins' head coaching record of 145-112 at Western Michigan is good for a .564 winning percentage, which ranks second among active MAC coaches and 15th in conference history.

"I'd like to thank Kathy Beauregard, our university president Dr. John Dunn, and the administration at Western Michigan University for giving us the chance to continue to try and achieve excellence with our program," said Hawkins. "My wife Kelly and I feel very much at home here, and it is very exciting to know that we will continue to be a part of both the University and Kalamazoo communities.

"I'm a Bronco; this University and this community are my passion. We've been able to compete near the top of our league for years now, but our goal is to become the team at the top and compete for MAC regular season and tournament championships every year. That's the challenge in front of us."

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