It has been a long and winding road for college basketball coach Larry Eustachy, but it appears that he has made a soft landing at Colorado State University, and that he will be staying in Fort Collins for the foreseeable future.
The University and Eustachy have reportedly (according to the Associated Press) agreed on a new contract that will keep him with the school through 2017-2018. The deal will include a pay raise (to $910,000 per year with an incremental increase each following season), and certain incentives that could land him in the upper tier of the country’s coaches, especially with regard to mid-major programs.
Eustachy, who is best known for being the former Iowa State head coach, won 26 games in his “rookie” season with the Rams (a school record), and he even led the team to an NCAA Tournament berth. With a career winning percentage of 61.6% over an impressive 22-year career, he is also the first coach in NCAA history to lead 5 different programs to 24+-win seasons.
As far as the long and winding road for Eustachy, he exited Iowa State as a result of an alcohol-related scandal, but that seems to be firmly in the past for 57-year-old at this point. Colorado State isn’t recognized nationally as anything resembling a basketball power, but under his considerable leadership, the program could certainly sustain at least some level of success on the national scene going forward.