After receiving interest from other schools, men’s basketball coach Mike Jones signed a contract extension at Radford University on Wednesday.
Jones had been talking to Sun Belt member Appalachian State and Colonial Athletic Association member Elon about their head-coaching vacancies, said Radford athletic director Robert Lineburg .
“He was heavily involved in both of those situations, and we wanted to ensure that to our best of our ability that Mike remains our head basketball coach,” Lineburg said Wednesday in a phone interview.
Jones also talked with William and Mary about its vacancy, said Lineburg. Jones is no longer involved with those searches.
“I certainly had some interest from some other programs, but I decided that those were not the best for me and my family at this time,” Jones said.
Radford women’s basketball coach Mike McGuire, who has interviewed with the University of Richmond about its opening, signed a contract extension Monday.
“It’s our hope that with both of them, by doing this, that we show our commitment to them and they’ll be our head coaches for a long time,” Lineburg said.
“I’m still worried about losing both of them, … [but] I feel very good right now that we have both of these coaches hopefully in place for a long time.”
After leading Radford to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Jones had received a new deal last summer that extended his contract through the 2021-22 season.
His contract has now been extended three more years, keeping him under contract through the 2024-2025 season.
“It gives me and my family security for a long time,” Jones said.
Jones, who made $230,000 this year, is also getting a raise to $300,000 in annual base pay.
Jones led Radford to a share of the Big South regular-season title this year, which was his eighth season at the school. The Highlanders lost in the Big South title game.
“I love where our program is from a staff, player standpoint as we go forward,” Jones said. “I love living in this community. I feel good about our program and how we can take the next step.”
Lineburg is still worried he could lose Jones this spring, noting that other schools could wind up with a vacancy this spring as the result of a ripple effect from major-conference openings.
McGuire led the Radford women’s basketball team this year to its first Big South tournament crown and NCAA tournament berth in 23 seasons.
Last offseason, McGuire had received a one-year extension that was due to keep him under contract through the 2020-21 season.
McGuire’s contract has now been extended an additional four years, keeping him under contract through the 2024-25 season.
“I’m very excited and very grateful,” McGuire said. “I was very, very happy to receive that.”
He is getting a $15,000 raise to a $128,000 annual base salary.
“It’s not so much about that as it is having the longevity and the opportunity to lead this program long-term,” said McGuire, who has been at Radford for six years.
McGuire said he has had a Skype interview with Atlantic 10 member Richmond. The former Richmond assistant has not withdrawn from consideration for that job, despite the contract extension.
“No doors have been closed,” McGuire said.
Radford lost at Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament last weekend.
McGuire will have to replace All-Big South first-team pick Destinee Walker, who was a senior this year, and possibly Lydia Rivers, who made the All-Big South first team as a fourth-year junior this year.
McGuire said Rivers, who is planning to graduate in May with a degree in exercise science, entered the transfer portal Tuesday to explore her options as a graduate transfer. Rivers is interested in a master’s degree in exercise science, but Radford does not offer that.
There is a chance Rivers could stay at Radford.
“We’re still working on a few things,” McGuire said. “We want her to stay. … But I think she owed it to herself to get out there and explore as best she could to see if anybody has a master’s in exercise science that needs a player like her.”