Lavin extension talks ongoing

The University and men’s basketball coach Steve Lavin have discussed an extension of his current six-year contract, according to a statement from the program.

Lavin told the New York Post talks were ongoing in a recent interview. Both Lavin and Director of Athletics Chris Monasch released statements Friday afternoon.

“Steve is coming to the end of the fourth year in his initial six-year contract and it is an appropriate time to discuss an extension,” Monasch said in the statement. “We have certainly had preliminary talks and look forward to revisiting the matter at the conclusion of the season.”

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Since Lavin became coach in 2010, St. John’s has made the postseason twice – one NCAA tournament berth and one NIT berth. He’s compiled seasons of 21-13, 13-19, 17-16 and 19-11 (this year).

“I look forward to being the coach at St. John’s for the long-term,” Lavin said in the statement. “At this point our full attention is on having a strong finish to this season, which in turn will help our recruiting efforts as we move forward.”

Lavin made a little more than $2 million in total compensation between June 2011 and June 2012, according to the University’s most recent tax return.