Springfield, MO — The Missouri State University Board of Governors formally approved today (May 12), the contract of men's basketball head coach Paul Lusk. The five-year agreement through March 31, 2016 includes a base salary of $241,380 with additional bonus and performance payments and other benefits.
Lusk was introduced at a news conference on April 2, a day after he was announced as the Bears' 17th head basketball coach. At that time, he agreed to the stipulations of a memorandum of understanding until the final contract terms could be drafted and approved. The formal agreement approved by the Board on Thursday did not deviate from the the memorandum of understanding.
"The first month-and-a-half has been very busy, but I am more excited than ever to be a part of Missouri State University and this great program," Lusk said. "I want to thank the Board of Governors, President Cofer and (director of athletics) Kyle Moats for this opportunity and for entrusting the future of Bears' basketball to me and my staff."