Mar 4, 2014; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini head coach John Groce at the post game press conference after being defeated by Michigan Wolverines 84-53 at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Basketball: John Groce receives contract extension from Illini

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The Illinois Fighting Illini basketball team showed some nice strides with head coach John Groce at the helm, and because of how well he has had this team performing over the past two seasons, they decided to reward him with a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the school announced on Thursday.

In two seasons as the head of the program, Groce has gone 43-28, including one trip to the postseason and one trip to the NIT, which came after the end of last regular season.

Within the statement released from the school, Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas expressed just how deserving this move was.

“John Groce has done an excellent job in his first two years as Illinois basketball coach, so we are pleased to extend his contract and continue our commitment to him and this program in its pursuit of championships.” Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. “The future is bright for Fighting Illini basketball under Coach Groce’s leadership.”

And Groce, in response, stated how proud he is of what this program has become under his leadership.

“We remain excited about the future of Illinois basketball,” Groce said. “So much of the credit goes to the young men in our program who believe in our vision and are working to achieve the high standards we set in all areas both on the court and in the classroom.”


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