April 1, 2011 in Sports

Graves signs 10-year deal with Gonzaga

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Fresh from taking the Gonzaga women’s basketball team to the NCAA round of eight, coach Kelly Graves said Friday he has signed a 10-year contract to remain at the school.

Financial details were not revealed.

Graves said he loves Gonzaga and is happy he will stay in Spokane for at least the next decade.

“My family loves it here,” Graves said. “This is a great place to raise three boys.”

Athletic director Mike Roth said Graves’ contract had been in the works for some time, and was finally signed after Gonzaga lost to Stanford on Monday night to end the most successful season in program history.

“He has taken the program to new heights and for that he is being rewarded,” Roth said.

Graves was considered a hot property after leading Gonzaga to a 31-5 record and a third straight trip to the NCAA tournament. In 11 seasons, he has a record of 232-119 at Gonzaga, including seven straight West Coast Conference titles. Washington put out feelers to Graves for its vacant head coaching position, but Graves said he was not interested.

As a private school, Gonzaga does not have to disclose how much it pays coaches.

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