Chris Jans Signs Six-Year Extension at NMSU
Chris Jans did not end up at UTEP and today, his stay at NMSU has been extended through 2027. The Aggies announced that their head men's basketball coach agreed to a six-year contract extension that will keep him in Las Cruces through April 30th, 2027.
"From a competitive standpoint, Chris is 9-3 in rivalry games against New Mexico and UTEP, has won WAC regular season and tournament championships, and provided thrilling entertainment even in razor-thin losses at second-ranked Kansas and 2019 Final Four participant Auburn in the NCAA Tournament," NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said in the official school release. "In addition, prior to coach Jans' arrival, our men's basketball program beat just one Power Five program in 17 years. Under his leadership, the Aggies have five such wins to their credit and as a result Chris has cemented NM State as one of the nation's premier mid-major programs."
As usual, NMSU released the terms of the contract. Jans will still make a base salary of $290,000. However, his retention bonus will increase from $216,000 to $294,000. He also gets an additional $72,500 that was donated by NMSU boosters for Jans to use for his coaching staff.
It will be interesting to see if NMSU President John D. Floros and Chancellor Dan Arvizu work on increasing the base pay for their men's basketball head coach. To put this into perspective, Reggie Theus had a base salary of $275,000 in 2007 when he was head coach of the Aggies. NMSU has only raised that dollar figure by $15k over the past 14 years, and Moccia has had to work around the clock to raise additional money for Jans.
"This only increases our motivation to continue leading this historic program as we pursue our goals of winning championships and making Aggies everywhere proud of this program," Chris Jans said.