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Florida State extends Leonard Hamilton through 2016-17 season

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Leonard Hamilton reached an agreement with Florida State on a contract extension that will keep him as the coach of the Seminoles through the end of the 2016-17 season, the school announced Wednesday.

Hamilton has been at the helm since 2002, leading Florida State to four NCAA tournaments and six seasons of at least 20 wins.

"We are excited to have Coach Hamilton continue to lead our basketball program at Florida State through the 2016-17 season," school president Eric Barron said in a statement. "Coach Hamilton has led this program to unprecedented success including the first ACC championship in school history and eight straight postseason appearances. He is the second-longest tenured coach in the conference and, under his leadership, FSU is in excellent position entering the new ACC, which is the strongest basketball conference in the nation."

Hamilton was named the ACC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012, and the school said the Seminoles are the third-winningest program in the ACC since the start of the 2005-06 season.

"I am extremely thankful to President Eric Barron and our administration for allowing us to continue to build upon the foundation that we have worked so hard to put into place in my first 11 years at Florida State," Hamilton said. "We are excited for our university and our basketball program as we enter a new era in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which is now the best league in the history of college basketball."

Florida State took a step back last season, struggling to an 18-16 season, finishing sixth in the ACC. The Seminoles also missed out on No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins; his parents attended Florida State, and the Seminoles were thought to be the favorite for his services.

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