University of New Mexico extends men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino's contract through 2028-29 season, citing his success, including a Mountain West Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

By the Numbers
  • Pitino's contract extended through 2028-29 season.
  • Pitino will make $1.2 million next season, rising to $1.4 million in the final year of the deal in 2028-29.
State of Play
  • Lobos have shown significant improvement under Pitino, with a NET ranking improvement of 281 spots since he was hired.
  • New Mexico averaged over 13,000 fans per game last season, ranking 23rd nationally, the highest average since 2014-15.
  • Last season’s victory over San Diego State had a crowd of 15,437, the largest at The Pit since the 2008-09 season.
Bottom Line

Richard Pitino's contract extension reflects his successful leadership, marked by on-court achievements, revenue growth, and increased fan support, positioning New Mexico basketball for continued success.