Oregon St. women's basketball coach was rewarded with a 2 year contract extension on the eve of the season. - (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)
The timing was a bit odd, coming at the end of the off-season, instead of shortly after the end of the sport season, but Oregon St. Athletic Director Bob De Carolis has gotten around to extending women's basketball coach Scott Rueck's contract for an additional 2 years.
Rueck led the Beavers to their best season in 20 years, 20 wins, a 5th place finish in the Pac-12, and an invitation to the WNIT, where they advanced to the 3rd. round.
De Carolis apparently shared the opinion of Buildingthedam.com readers, 80% of whom rated Rueck 5 Beavertails after the season, and 98% had him somewhere above Beaverage.
"This extension is in recognition of a remarkable result after inheriting a very challenging situation," De Carolis said, referring to the near total departure of the team at the end of former coach LaVonda Wagner's stay. "We hope to keep Coach Rueck here for the long term."
As a result, Rueck is now under contract through the 2017-18 season. Details were not initially disclosed.
"I am humbled to receive this show of support from Bob De Carolis, and the administration at Oregon State," Rueck said. "Corvallis is a wonderful place to live and work, and Kerry and I are thrilled to be a part of the community and raise our family here. We are excited about the progress we have made and the direction we are headed as we continue to build a program the university and community will be proud of. This level of commitment allows us the stability necessary to pursue our ultimate goals."
The Oregon women open the hoops season Sunday, with the first game of an exhibition double-header at 3:30 PM against Seattle Pacific. The men's team, who are coming off their best year in 22 years, complete the hoops tune up, taking on Lewis & Clark at 7:30 PM.
Contract details Update:
Oregon St. subsequently released a copy of the new contract, which does run through 2017-18. Rueck will get a $60,000 increase in his base pay this season, and raises of $75,000 more in each of the next 3 seasons. Rueck wi receive $335,000 and $355,000 before incentives in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
The original contract paid Rueck, whom the Beavers hired from George Fox in Newberg, $140,000 in 2010-11, and gradually would have climbed to $240,000 in 2015-16, the final season of that agreement.