Illinois State University men’s basketball coach Dan Muller has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Redbird Arena through at least the 2023-24 season.
The new agreement extends Muller’s current contract seven years, Redbird Athletics said in a statement Tuesday. Muller’s salary will increase from $464,224 to a total compensation package of $550,000 for the 2017-18 season. His compensation package will include a base salary of $514,000 plus $36,000 of deferred compensation. In 2018-19, Muller’s annual base salary will increase to $564,000, plus $36,000 of deferred compensation, for a total annual compensation package of $600,000.
“This contract extension reflects the strength of our men’s basketball program under Dan’s leadership and our mutual desire for long-term stability,” Athletics Director Larry Lyons said in a statement. “We were able to incorporate available deferred compensation plans along his base salary to build a competitive overall compensation package in our marketplace. It certainly helps that we have been able to generate new external dollars from initiatives such as Redbird Sports Properties to help fund budget increases such as this.”
In 2016-17, Muller led Illinois State to a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title, which was the program’s first since he helped ISU win the MVC championship as a player in 1998. Since becoming Illinois State’s head coach in 2012, Muller has led the Redbirds to a better league record and higher conference finish each year. He was named the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year.
“I have always felt incredibly blessed and honored to have the responsibility of holding the title of head coach here at my alma mater, and I am humbled by the support shown by President Larry Dietz and Larry Lyons,” Muller said in a statement. “I am excited to be a part of what I believe is a special time with Redbird basketball, and I look forward to continuing to work with my staff and my players to help represent Illinois State the right way, earn degrees and win championships.”
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