The Oregon women’s basketball program hired Kelly Graves on April 7, 2014.
Since then, the Ducks have claimed three Pac-12 Championships, two Pac-12 Tournament titles, appeared in multiple NCAA March Madness tournaments including a trip to the program’s first ever Final Four, and landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation.
A contract extension was a no-brainer.
On Wednesday, University of Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens announced the University has reached an agreement on a contract extension with head women's basketball coach Kelly Graves. The extension runs through the 2028-29 season, and the incremental increases are funded through private athletic gifts.
"Kelly Graves has built a tremendous culture and family atmosphere within Oregon women's basketball program that has created a first-class experience for our student-athletes," said Mullens. "He and his staff have elevated the standard in our program to consistently competing for and winning Pac-12 championships while also competing at the highest level nationally. Kelly and Mary Graves have formed a strong bond to the Eugene community and all Duck fans, and we are grateful for their continued commitment to our student-athletes and the University of Oregon."
In his seven seasons leading the Ducks, Graves has posted a 162-54 (.750) overall record while playing in the toughest conference in all of women’s college hoops.
Oregon was on the brink of claiming a National Championship last season before the coronavirus pandemic, but he still managed to coach three future WNBA players in Sabrina Ionescu (New York Liberty), Satou Sabally (Dallas Wings) and Ruthy Hebard (Chicago Sky).
"I am extremely grateful to President Schill, Rob Mullens, Lisa Peterson, and the entire administration for their continued support and trust in me to lead this program," said Graves. "My family and I absolutely love being a part of the Duck family and the amazing University of Oregon community. We are building something special here in Eugene, and this is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of the tremendous student-athletes we have had the privilege of working with over the years, as well as the commitment of my incredible staff.
This year - despite losing the ‘Big 3’ - Oregon remains ranked in the AP Poll Top-10 for 64 consecutive weeks and will begin the 2021 year as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation. The Ducks are 7-0 overall and 5-0 in Pac-12 Conference play so far this season.
Congrats Coach Graves!