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Mark Schmidt agrees to contract extension at St. Bonaventure

The Bonnies tied a program record with 22 wins last season.

Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Dayton v St. Bonaventure Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

After a historic 2015-16 season, St. Bonaventure has given head coach Mark Schmidt a contract extension through 2021-22, athletic director Tim Kenney announced on Wednesday.

The contract includes raises for Schmidt and his staff, funded by private donations, according to Kenney.

"I am happy to continue to help St. Bonaventure basketball be as competitive as we possibly can," Schmidt said in a release. "We have established the program to the point where we compete every year, and that is mainly a credit to our players and to my staff. I am glad for our players, for the staff and my family to make this commitment."

Schmidt, who is entering his 10th season at St. Bonaventure, earned his new deal following a record-tying 22-win season and recognition as Atlantic 10 coach of the year. The Bonnies also tied for first in the Atlantic 10 with a 14-4 record and earned a bid to the NIT.

St. Bonaventure entered the NCAA Tournament conversation late last year after winning 10 of its last 11 games, which included two victories over St. Joseph’s and a win at Dayton.

Going forward, the Bonnies will have to make up for the losses of leading scorer Marcus Posley and top rebounder Dion Wright. That might start with Central Connecticut transfer Matt Mobley, who averaged 17.2 points per game for the Blue Devils in 2014-15 before sitting out last year.

St. Bonaventure opens the season Nov. 12 at home against St. Francis (Pa.), but faces its first real test five days later at Florida.