UTC Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton announced the contract extension of Coach Lamont Paris through the 2024-25 season Thursday morning in a news release.

Paris just completed the second season in his original deal. This extension adds two seasons to the back end effectively making it a new six-year contract.

“I want to give a very sincere thank you to Mark Wharton and Dr. Steven Angle,” he shared. “I am very grateful for their support and efforts to make this happen.

“The foundation of any good relationship is commitment. We had a change in leadership at the athletic director’s position after I was hired so it’s a re-commitment having seen two years of what our plan is, what our growth has been and the vision moving forward. It feels great to have that belief in the plan, in the path we’re taking and the way we are doing things.

“It is very gratifying.”

He took over a program that won 88 games the prior four years but graduated six seniors. That included two four-year starters, a 3-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, it’s leading scorer over the previous two campaigns and two key pieces in the front and back court.

There were just five returnees that first season with only two having played significant minutes. That was followed by just one returning letter winner on last year’s squad. Through this roster renovation, the administration saw what it needed.

The program won 12 or more Big Ten games all seven seasons with Paris on the bench. They captured the league title in 2015 and never finished lower than fourth. Along with the two Final Fours, the program reached the Sweet 16 four more times.