UAB extends Andy Kennedy’s contract through 2026-27

Mar 12, 2021; Frisco, TX, USA; UAB Blazers head coach Andy Kennedy talks with his players during a timeout during the first half against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Ford Center at The Star. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

UAB extended the contract of men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy through the 2026-27 season on Friday.

The six-year deal will pay Kennedy $725,000 per season, plus incentives. The deal was approved by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees.

The university hired Kennedy, now 53, to lead his alma mater in March 2020. In his first season, the Blazers were 22-7 (13-5 Conference USA). They won the most conference games but lost in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.

“I can’t imagine a better fit for UAB than Andy Kennedy,” athletic director Mark Ingram said in a school news release. “In our very first meeting, he said he wanted to win the conference championship in year one. That tenacity and drive excited me and has excited our fans. We believe in Andy and are excited about the future under his leadership.”

UAB won its first seven games, the best start ever in program history, and was 16-2 at one point. The team was fourth in the NCAA in scoring defense, surrendering 60.3 points per game.

The board also gave final approval to the construction of a practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Construction is scheduled to begin next month and could take as long as one year.

–Field Level Media