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Xavier extends Chris Mack's contract

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Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher announced on Thursday that head basketball coach Chris Mack's contract has been extended one year to run through the end of the 2021-22 season.

"With a 28-win season, there is plenty to celebrate and the future looks even brighter," said Christopher. "A big reason for our optimism is that we have the right leadership. Chris is the right leader for Xavier. Chris and his staff had this team in the top 10 in the country and competed to the end for the BIG EAST Championship. This season proved what we all knew, that if you can compete for a BIG EAST Championship, you can win a National Championship. That is our goal. Chris, our staff and I have talked extensively about what our needs are to achieve those lofty goals. We are constantly evaluating every aspect of the department and program. We all want to enhance our student-athlete experience and give ourselves the best opportunity to earn a championship."

Mack, 46, won multiple national coach of the year awards this past season after leading Xavier to their best regular season in program history.

"We are proud of what this team achieved this season but are not satisfied," said Mack. "We have lofty goals for our basketball program. Xavier is a special place and the support from the entire Xavier Community and my hometown of Cincinnati is overwhelming. I am excited about the future of our program."

Mack is second on Xavier's all-time wins list as head coach and has led the Musketeers to six NCAA tournaments in seven years, including three sweet 16 appearances.

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