Just two weeks after shoring up the future of their men’s basketball program for the next six years, UT Martin has done the same for women’s head coach Kevin McMillan. McMillan has signed a six-year extension to stay at Martin, ending any discussion of leaving for another program after the Skyhawks made their fourth straight NCAA Tournament.
McMillian’s deal is worth $140,000 a year, according to WPSD Local 6.
“This contract extension demonstrates our belief that Coach McMillan is the right leader for our program,” UTM athletic director Julio Firere said in a news release. “We are proud of the academic, athletic and social development within his program. I could not think of a better person and staff to lead UT Martin women’s basketball.”
The 46-year old McMillan has spent five years at the helm of the Skyhawk women’s basketball program. Earlier this month, UT Martin fell 60-58 at No. 4 seed North Carolina, which was the closest an OVC team had come to a win in the NCAA Tournament since 2003.
McMillan will be losing the top two scorers in Ohio Valley Conference history next season, as Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome graduate in May.
In addition to the four OVC Tournament titles in the last four years, UT Martin has also won the outright OVC regular season championships twice under McMillan (2011-12, 2013-14) after he inherited a Skyhawk program that posted a 2-27 overall record the year before his arrival.
“We would like to thank Chancellor Rakes and our AD Julio Freire for the commitment they have shown to the women’s basketball program at UT Martin,” McMillan said. “My family and I love West Tennessee and UT Martin – what it means to us and what it stands for. We appreciate the commitment from the university and the support from the community for what we have been able to accomplish the last five years. We look forward to adding to the legacy that has been set by the previous UT Martin student-athletes that have come through the program.”