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Gophers coordinator gets extension

February 10, 2019 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca received a one-year contact extension through the 2020 season, with unanimous approval from University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday.

Ciarrocca, who passed on an opportunity to move to West Virginia’s coaching staff this offseason, will maintain his current salary of $720,000 through the 2020 season on a deal that now will expire on Jan. 31, 2021.

He received a base salary of $700,000 in his first year in 2017, then $710,000 in 2018 and up to $720,000 for the upcoming 2019 season.

“Minnesota’s offense showed great promise under offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, who was in his second year in 2018,” according to documents the athletics department presented to regents. “In 2018, Minnesota scored 376 points after totaling 265 points in 2017. The 111-point increase came with the most inexperienced quarterbacks in the nation.”

If Ciarrocca terminates the deal before then, he would owe the U $50,000.

Ciarrocca’s contract also includes various bonuses for championships, bowl games and academic performances of players.

The U said Ciarrocca’s salary ranked fifth among the conference’s 14 offensive coordinators last season, and he is the 13th-highest paid assistant at any role in the Big Ten.

VOLLEYBALL GETS UPGRADE

The University of Minnesota continues to invest in facility upgrades for its sports programs.

Gophers volleyball is the next in line and will receive a $4 million improvement to its 7,000-square-foot facility at Maturi Pavilion.

The project received unanimous approval from the U’s Board of Regents during its meeting Friday.

The “substantial completion” date for the project is expected to be August 2019, around the time the volleyball team begins preseason camp for next season.

The renovations will include its weight room, locker room, training room and players’ lounge on one floor.

The upper floor will have upgrades to coaches’ offices, club room, restrooms and guest seating overlooking the Pav’s court.

“(It) creates an environment that will help recruit top student-athletes from around the world, and provides spaces/amenities to help athletes, coaches and teams compete for national championships on a consistent basis,” according to documents presented to the board of regents.

The project’s cost will be $3.116 million for construction and $884,000 for “non-construction” items, according to athletics department documents, which game the financial breakdown as: $2.25 million from donors, $1.55 million from university debt, which will be a “bridge” to pledged gifts, and $200,000 coming from the athletic department.

“The current facilities, while serviceable, are not up to today’s standards when it comes to recruitment of top-student athletes and an environment that allows the student-athletes and coaching staff to succeed at the highest level,” the documents read.