Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard

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Texas Tech Signs Coach Chris Beard To 6-Year Contract

April 29, 2019 - 12:02 pm

LUBBOCK (105.3 THE FAN/AP) - Texas Tech has agreed to a new deal that will keep men's basektball coach Chris Beard around for another 6 years. 

On Monday, Tech and Beard agreed to a 6-year contract, paying him nearly $4.5 million per year through the 2024-25 basketball season.

Beard is now one of the highest-paid coaches in college basketball with the 6-year, $27 million deal.

"In only three years, Chris Beard has elevated Texas Tech to the upper echelon of college basketball," athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. "The 2018 Elite Eight, and this year's appearance in the national championship game has raised the entire profile of Texas Tech athletics and is a source of great pride for all Red Raiders."

The deal came three weeks after the Big 12 co-champions lost in overtime to Virginia in the national title game.

It is the second year in a row that Beard has been rewarded with a new contract. The Red Raiders won a school-record 31 games this season, a year after going to the Elite Eight for the first time.

Beard has a 76-31 record in three seasons with the Red Raiders. He thanked school leaders, former and current players and staffs, and students and fans for their commitment to the program.

"Together we have accomplished some great things in the past three years but we are not satisfied and will continue working tirelessly to build one of the best college basketball programs in the nation," Beard said.