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Cal extends basketball coach Cuonzo Martin through 2021

January 1, 2016: California head coach Cuonzo Martin yells to his players during the NCAA basketball game between the California Golden Bears and the Colorado Buffaloes at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA. (Photo by Matt Cohen/Icon Sportswire)
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The California Golden Bears have extended the contract of head coach Cuonzo Martin through the 2020-21 NCAA season, according to Jon Rothstein of Today’s U. Martin is entering his third season as the head coach at Cal and led the team to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year drought. They ultimately lost in the first round to 13-seeded Hawaii.

As a head coach, Martin has led his teams to winning records in every season outside of his first season at Missouri State in 2008-09. He owns a career .604 winning percentage and has gone 41-26 (.612) in his two years at Cal.

For the upcoming 2016-17 season, Cal lost two players from their NCAA Tournament team last year with Jaylen Brown and Tyrone Wallace both leaving early to enter the NBA Draft. With the transfer of Jordan Mathews to Gonzaga, the team lost their top three scorers from last season. They will return one of their top recruits from last year in forward/center Ivan Rabb and added a four-star recruit in Chicago point guard Charlie Moore as they look to return to the postseason. He also landed Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee, though Lee will have to sit out the 2016-17 due to the NCAA’s transfer rules.

After playing at Purdue, Martin had a brief professional career with the Bucks and in Italy before he had to end his career after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He returned to the game as an assistant coach at his alma mater Purdue before starting his head coaching career in 2008 with Missouri State.

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