Felisha Legette-Jack inks 5-year extension with UB through 2023

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University at Buffalo women’s basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon, signing a new five-year contract extension through the 2023 season.

Her previous deal was set to expire from the 2020-2021 campaign.

“I’ve not been to a place, where I’ve been able to not only to start it, but finish it,” Legette-Jack said. “We’re all in this thing together.”

Under Legette-Jack, who arrived in Buffalo in 2012, the program has reached new heights every year she’s been at the helm.

In her third season the Bulls advanced to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the first time, then followed up with their first MAC Tournament Championship and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014-2015.

This past year, she and the Bulls continued their run of dominance, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 by defeating South Florida and Florida State in the first two rounds.

“I’ve witnessed UCONN build a program from nothing to something amazing. I’ve always wanted to emulate something like that,” the head coach said.  “I tell (UB Head Coach) Nate (Oats) that all the time, we’re not here to win championships, we’re here to create a dynasty and a dynasty is when every team wins.  I think this is a place where football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball can really become significant in this great state of New York.”

While she admitted she’s enjoyed the journey on the court, Legette-Jack admitted one of her greatest accomplishments is impacting the lives of her players.

“I love that we were able to get to the Sweet 16,” Legette-Jack said. “I’m more excited to turn out three future doctors and a handful of professional basketball players. That’s why I do it. I certainly want to win.

“If you put the score on the board, I am the worst loser you’ll ever meet and most ferocious competitor you’ll ever meet. And if you tell me the choice you can continue to grow these phenomenal women and fall short on your basketball goals. I’m humble enough to say that I’d rather have that, than the basketball side. But to have both, at this time in my career. I’m excited.”

Despite losing a strong senior class, which included senior guard Stephanie Reid and Grand Island native Cassie Oursler, Legette-Jack and her group are gearing up for title run in the winter.

“I know we have the best talent in my opinion, than we’ve ever had, coming in next year,” she said.  “I know we can really, really do some things on the basketball court. But that’s second to us doing it on the academic side of the thing. I think the president of our university would be excited to hear that.”

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