CHICAGO – DePaul extended coach Dave Leitao‘s contract through the 2023-24 season on Thursday. His contract had been set to expire after the 2019-20 season. Terms were not disclosed.
The Blue Demons raced to a 12-1 start this season before finishing 16-16. They ended with a 71-67 victory against Xavier in the first round of the Big East tournament on March 11, just before the coronavirus pandemic brought the season to a halt.
Leitao, 59, has compiled a 64-98 record since starting his second stint with DePaul in 2015-16.
“We are happy to reach an agreement to continue the improvement and stability that Coach Leitao has instilled in our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said in a statement.
“His vision of academic excellence, athletic excellence and community service mirrors DePaul’s mission in developing outstanding student-athletes and future leaders in our society.”
Last offseason, the Blue Demons were placed on a three-year probation by the NCAA in response to a recruiting violation, and Leitao was suspended for the first three games of the 2019-20 campaign.
Including a 58-34 record at DePaul from 2002-03 through 2004-05 plus stints at Northeastern (1994-96), DePaul and Virginia (2005-09), Leitao is 207-227 in 14 seasons.
The Blue Demons have not been to the NCAA Tournament since the 2003-04 campaign.
–Field Level Media