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Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Kellie Harper has agreed in principle to a contract extension through the 2027-28 season, the school announced Monday.

It’s the third year in a row that Harper, who just concluded her fourth season at the helm of her alma mater, received a one-year contract extension.

“Including her tenure at Missouri State, Kellie has guided her teams to three of the past four NCAA Sweet 16s,” Tennessee athletic director Danny White said in a statement. “She’s among an elite group of coaches in achieving that, and it didn’t happen by accident. The Lady Vols have a strong program culture, visible player development, a commitment to excellence and intentional leadership in place, and I look forward to watching our program continue to rise under her leadership.”

“I couldn’t be more thankful for the belief and trust Danny and Tennessee have placed in me and my staff to lead the Lady Vol program where we all want to go,” Harper added. “The journey to the top isn’t easy, but I’m really proud of the investment our players have displayed in pursuing our goals and fighting through some adversity along the way.

“By playing in the 2023 SEC tournament title game and advancing to regionals, we have built a solid foundation for next season. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve together during the years ahead.”

Lady Vols basketball coach Kellie Harper received a $100,000 raise with her one-year contract extension, which was agreed to in principle in April.

In Harper’s last contract extension in 2022, her annual supplemental pay was $725,000, which was a $200,000 raise that became effective on Jan. 1, 2022. The contract extension Harper signed on May 18 raises her annual supplemental pay to $825,000, which was effective on May 1, 2023, and raises her overall annual compensation to $1.1 million.

Harper’s contract now lasts through April 14, 2028.

During the 2022-23 season, Harper led Tennessee (25-12) to its highest overall wins (25) and SEC wins (13) since the 2014-15 season. With Jordan Horston’s draft selection in April, Harper has also produced a WNBA first-round pick for three straight years. It’s a feat only thee other active women’s coaches and 10 all-time (including Lady Vols legend Pat Summitt) achieved in their careers.

The previous contract extension in 2022 also significantly raised the postseason bonuses, one of which is awarded based on the highest goal achieved. Harper’s original contract included a $20,000 bonus for appearing in the NCAA Tournament, and the amount went up by $20,000 for making it to the Sweet 16, the Elite Eight and the Final Four. Winning an NCAA championship would earn her $150,000.

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