CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State men's basketball head coach Craig Robinson received a one-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016-17 season, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced on Thursday.
Robinson has amassed 64 wins in his first four seasons at Oregon State, more than legendary Hall of Fame coaches Slats Gill and Ralph Miller in the same timeframe, and is coming off the Beavers' first 20-win season and just their second winning campaign since 1989-90.
"I'm honored that the university made the commitment to another year for me and my family, and for my staff and for this program," Robinson said. "We're heading in the right direction. This will help me recruit kids because there are always people out there saying `this is Coach Robinson's last year; he's going to move on and go somewhere else.' This helps me when I'm recruiting kids to let them know that I plan on being here for the next five years; so their entire time here as a student-athlete.
"So you have that commitment plus the commitment you see going up outside with the basketball practice facility. Those two things give me some comfort that Oregon State wants me around for a little while and I couldn't be happier."
Robinson took over a program that went 0-18 in conference play during the 2007-08 season and has led it to three postseason appearances, including the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) championship in 2009.
Oregon State went 21-15 last season, led the Pac-12 in scoring for the first time ever with a school record 78.9 points per game and pulled off the biggest upset in Pac-12 Tournament history with an 86-84 win over No. 1 seed Washington.
Robinson's first recruiting class included guard Jared Cunningham, who became the first Oregon State player selected in the NBA Draft in 14 years when he was the 24th overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded on draft night to the Dallas Mavericks.
"Coach Robinson has done a remarkable job in building our men's basketball program into something all of Beaver Nation can be proud of," De Carolis said. "I'm thrilled to have him on our sidelines for many seasons to come, and to help him achieve the goals he has set for the program."
The Beavers return four starters and 12 letterwinners this season, including Devon Collier, who led the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.615), Eric Moreland, who led the conference in blocked shots with a single-season school record 69, and a backcourt of Ahmad Starks and Roberto Nelson that combined for 125 three-pointers.
Seniors Angus Brandt, who led the team in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (8.8) during a recent 4-0 trip to Europe, and Joe Burton, the only player to finish in the top 15 in the Pac-12 in rebounds, assists and steals last season, give the Beavers one of the deepest and most talented frontlines in the conference.
Robinson's coaching staff has remained intact during his entire time in Corvallis with associate head coach Doug Stewart and assistant coaches Nate Pomeday and David Grace all bringing stability and experience to the program.
"Another aspect of this extension shows that Oregon State and Bob De Carolis are committed to making basketball a big time sport here again," Robinson said. "I'm more than happy to hold up my end of that bargain because they are holding up their end. Together, I think we can put together one of the best products that we've ever had on the basketball court."
Robinson signed a six-year contract when he was hired on April 7, 2008 as the 20th head coach in Oregon State men's basketball history. He received a two-year contract extension on March 10, 2010.