Credit: Seattle Times

Mike Leach has agreed to an extension to remain at Washington State through the 2023 season, the school announced today. The extension keeps him under contract for the next five years, extending his contract for an additional season.

Additionally, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys has signed a 3-year extension through 2021.

Leach guided Wazzu to an 11-2 record and a No. 10 AP final ranking in 2018, setting a program record for wins and booking the Cougars’ highest final ranking since 2003.

He is set to earn $3.75 million in 2019 and $4 million a year in the four remaining seasons on the contract. He will earn a $750,000 retention bonus after the 2020 campaign.

“Coach Mike Leach has built a nationally prominent football program at Washington State and our student-athletes continue to excel athletically and academically under his leadership,” Wazzu AD Pat Chun said. “His ability to create and steward a winning culture, combined with his vision and expertise, make him one of the elite coaches in the entire sport of football. Few coaches could have accomplished what Coach Leach did in 2018. There is no greater head football coach for WSU than Mike Leach and we are happy to have him leading our program for many years to come.”

Leach is 49-40 in seven seasons at Washington State and 133-83 in 17 total seasons as a head coach.

He will be 62 at the conclusion of the contract.

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