UNO men’s basketball coach Mark Slessinger was awarded a new six-year contract, the New Orleans Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday afternoon.
The contract was approved by the Louisiana Board of Supervisors on Friday.
“We are pleased to have Coach Slessinger continue to lead our men’s basketball program into a promising and successful future,” UNO Athletic Director Derek Morel said. “Mark has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our university, our student-athletes, and our community. His plan for success and vision for a sustainable, championship-level program is formed on strong core values, and closely linked to the fundamental mission of our university.”
With the contract, Slessinger will be with the Privateers through the 2019-20 season. The Bloomington, Indiana, native led UNO to an 11-15 season after the team was picked at the bottom of the Southland Conference in preseason polls in what was also UNO’s fist in the SLC. The Privateers compiled an 8-10 mark in league play and played the toughest non-conference schedule in the country, which was highlighted by a victory over UTEP, coached by former UNO coach Tim Floyd.
In last year’s NCAA Academic Progress Program, the Privateers earned a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1000, which tied as the best APR Score in school history. The team also placed six student-athletes on the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Slessinger is 36-48 as a head coach with UNO.