Board of Regents approves contract extensions for Aston, Elliott

Sydney Rubin

The Board of Regents approved a contract extension Friday for women’s basketball coach Karen Aston, according to Texas Athletics.

Under the terms of the deal, Aston will receive $770,000 in total guaranteed compensation — a $158,187 increase — with an extra $220,000 available in performance-based incentives. The extension runs through Aug. 31, 2020.

“First of all, I would like to thank The University of Texas administration for their faith in the direction of our program,” Aston said in a statement. “Secondly, I want to recognize the extraordinary work our staff and players have done to bring Texas back into the national spotlight.

Aston has converted the Longhorns into one of the nation’s elite teams since she arrived in Austin prior to the 2012–13 season. She carries a 89–46 record in her four seasons as Texas’ head coach.

Aston and the Longhorns notched 31 wins during the 2015–16 season and made an Elite Eight appearance before falling to top-ranked UConn. She also added the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class this offseason, according to ESPN.

“We are so excited to have Karen Aston leading our women’s basketball program,” Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky said in a statement. “She has made a strong, immediate impact with regard to recruiting the type of high-character young women who succeed at Texas both athletically and academically.”

Texas begins play at Stanford on Nov. 11.

The Board of Regents also agreed Friday to extend volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott’s contract to a three-year deal, a one-year increase from the previous agreement.
Under the terms of the new deal, which runs through 2018, Elliott will receive a $67,500 pay increase to his base salary, bringing his total earnings to $367,500 for the 2016–17 fiscal year. Several of Elliott’s performance-based incentives were also increased.

“Texas is where I want to be and it is my home,” Elliott said in a statement. “I am thankful and grateful for my administration here at UT for trusting and supporting me to continue to build on the Texas Volleyball program’s success and tradition.”

Amidst his 16th season at Texas, Elliott has posted a 389–90 record while leading the Longhorns to five consecutive Big 12 titles and three NCAA Championship appearances in the last seven years. Elliott and the Longhorns brought home a NCAA title in 2012.

Elliott and the Longhorns currently have a 10–2 record on the season and are undefeated in Big 12 play.