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WVU agrees to 1-year contract extension with soccer coach Neal Brown

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia head soccer coach Neal Brown’s keep in Morgantown simply acquired longer.

Introduced Tuesday morning, WVU athletic director Wren Baker and Brown have agreed on a one-year contract extension that may run by 2027.

“I’m happy with the progress I’ve seen in our soccer program since arriving final 12 months,” Baker mentioned in a press release. “I imagine this contract modification permits us to proceed to construct on our momentum as we start our first 12 months within the new and expanded Huge 12 Convention. I’m appreciative of the hassle Coach Brown and his workers put into growing the younger individuals in our program each on and off the sector.”

Brown is 31-29 in 5 years with the Mountaineers. Final season was the crew’s better of Brown’s tenure because the Mountaineers went 9-4, successful the Buke’s Mayo Bowl over North Carolina. WVU additionally completed tied for fourth within the Huge 12 standings, its finest mark underneath Brown.

“My first precedence was retaining and rewarding our assistant coaches and assist workers who’ve performed such a vital position in our success,” Brown mentioned in a press release. “I admire Wren’s assist on that entrance in addition to his continued dedication to me and what we’re constructing. We share a standard imaginative and prescient for this program and that alignment is vital to our continued success. There are nice issues forward, and I can’t wait to see our unimaginable followers again in Milan Puskar Stadium on August 31.”

The extension makes a number of adjustments to Brown’s contract with West Virginia. First, it barely decreases Brown’s wage for 2024 and 2025. Initially, Brown would have been paid $4.1 million this 12 months and $4.2 million in 2025. He’ll now make $4 million this 12 months and subsequent. 

Brown’s wage will enhance to $4.3 million in 2026 and $4.4 million in 2027. In whole, Brown will make $400,000 much less over the subsequent three seasons than was initially slated.

The extension makes it simpler for either side to get out of the deal any time earlier than 2027.

It lowers the quantity to purchase out Brown’s contract if he had been to be fired. Initially, Brown would have been owed 100% of his remaining wage if fired earlier than Dec. 31, 2024. That quantity dropped to 85% beginning in 2025. 

Now, WVU will solely be liable for 75% of Brown’s remaining wage at any time within the contract.

Lastly, the quantity for Brown to purchase out of the contract if he had been to take one other job was additionally decreased. Initially, Brown, or the college that employed him away, would have been liable for 25% of his remaining wage earlier than Dec. 31, 2024. That quantity dropped to 12.5% beginning in 2025. 

Now, Brown would solely owe 10% of his remaining wage at any time.

The Mountaineers are set to start spring practices later this month on March 25. The annual Gold-Blue Spring Recreation is scheduled for April 27. The 2024 season will start on Aug. 31 at residence in opposition to Penn State.