Barta Announces Contract Extensions for McClain and Legerski

Nov. 16, 2004


University of Wyoming Athletics Director Gary Barta has announced one-year contract extensions for both Cowboy and Cowgirl basketball coaches Steve McClain and Joe Legerski.

Barta indicated Tuesday that McClain's contract will now run through April 30, 2010, while Legerski's will extend through April 30, 2009.

"We have a great group of coaches at UW, and we want to do everything we can to keep them," Barta said. "Joe has done a great job of turning the Cowgirl basketball program in a very positive direction, and Steve has had more success at Wyoming than any other coach on our staff.

"We have added another year to each contract understanding Wyoming's history," he continued. "In the past some coaches have left a program prematurely. We want to make sure that we are constantly creating an environment that will allow us to retain good coaches."

Barta said that the extensions do not include salary increases. He did indicate, however, that there is opportunity during the terms of the contracts for such increases. Legerski's contract calls for a base salary of $104,000, while McClain's base is $152,228. Both contracts include additional compensation incentives such as team academic achievement, ticket sales, and competitive achievement. Outside income possibilities such as speaking engagements and radio-television packages also are included in each contract.

McClain, 42, is in his seventh season at Wyoming. A native of Orient, Iowa, he became Wyoming's 19th head basketball coach on April 22, 1998. He has the fifth-highest winning percentage in school history--61.7 percent (111-69 record).

Legerski, 47, is in his second year with the Cowgirls. A native of Rock Springs, he was named head coach on May 1, 2003, to become the sixth head coach in Cowgirl history. He is 11-18 at Wyoming, and 6-8 in Mountain West play. His first edition is the only Cowgirl team in school history to win either a Western Athletic or Mountain West Conference post-season game.