Rutgers has extended the contract of men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell by two years, ensuring the 52-year-old's presence on the sideline through at least 2025-26, the program announced.
After posting sub-.500 records in his first three years leading the program, Pikiell has the Scarlet Knights sitting at 18-11 overall and 9-9 in Big Ten play.
"In just four years Steve has transformed our men's basketball program," Rutger's director of athletics, Pat Hobbs, said in a statement. "Our program is excelling on the court and in the classroom. The RAC has been electric this year. This extension ensures that Steve Pikiell will be leading our program for many years to come. I am enormously appreciative of his leadership."
Rutgers, which hadn't been ranked since the 1978-79 season, cracked the AP Poll's Top 25 in late January, peaking at No. 24. Though the Scarlet Knights have since fallen from those rankings, they're currently ranked 31st in the Pomeroy College Basketball Rankings, thanks in large part to fielding one of the nation's stingiest defenses.