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Xavier extends Coach Mack’s contract through the 2022-23 season

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And here you thought it was only 2017.

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Per the release:

CINCINNATI - Mack, 47, has recorded a 186-91 (.671) mark and stands second on Xavier’s all-time wins list. His former head coach as a Xavier player, Pete Gillen, holds the top spot with 202 wins in nine seasons from 1985-94.

Mack, who was Xavier's first-ever National Coach of the Year selection in the 2015-16 season, was selected as the 2015-16 USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year as well as the CBS Sports and Basketball Times magazine National Coach of the Year.

The 1992 Xavier graduate and former two-time XU team captain began his collegiate coaching career as the Xavier Director of Basketball operations for two seasons, 1999-2001, under the late Skip Prosser. He spent five seasons, 2004-09, as the top assistant under Sean Miller, the man he eventually replaced to become head coach in 2009.

Head Coach Chris Mack:

"I am excited about the future of our program and proud to the head coach of my alma mater. Xavier is a special place. It is especially gratifying to receive the support from the entire Xavier Community and my hometown of Cincinnati. We have lofty goals for our basketball program and that ongoing support will be a big key to reaching our goals."

Director of Athletics Greg Christopher:

"There is plenty to celebrate, especially coming off of an Elite Eight season, and the future looks even brighter. Chris is clearly the right leader for Xavier and I know him and his staff are not satisfied. They want to compete for a BIG EAST Championship, Final Four and a National Championship. Chris and I are constantly evaluating every aspect of the program, determining what our needs are to achieve those lofty goals. We want our student-athlete experience to be at the highest level and give ourselves the best opportunity to win championships."

Of course, this isn’t actually about what happens after the 2020-21 season. This is more about what happens in the summers between now and then. Coach Mack is always a hot name on the coaching market, and there’s no doubt that this extension improves Xavier’s standing with Mack, likely by offering him heaps of money.

Mack has taken the program as high as it has ever been. He didn’t orchestrate the move to the Big East, but he has certainly made the most of it, as Xavier is now a recognized perennial power in a power conference. Stability at the helm is one thing, but pairing that stability with excellence is what sets Mack apart. This extension is well-earned.