As the Cyclone fans look forward to their Alamo Bowl matchup against Washington State, they got a bit of good news on Sunday. Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard announced on Twitter that coach Matt Campbell has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Ames, IA, through 2024. The extension also bumps his assistant coaches compensation budget up by a $1 million per year.
“Coach Campbell and I had a great end-of-the-year meeting Friday and during our visit we mutually agreed to extend his contract to 2024 and further demonstrate Coach Campbell and the University’s commitment to one another,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “I couldn’t be more excited for our current players, fans and recruits to receive this great news.
Campbell has been one of the hottest names in coaching since taking over the Cyclone program in 2016, but Campbell has routinely said that he intends to build something at Iowa State and the Cyclones have shown that they are committed to holding onto him.
“We’re pleased to invest further in a group of coaches and staff that have quickly raised the standards for Iowa State football,” Pollard said. “Matt and I both agreed about the importance of rewarding his staff to keep the momentum going.”
This is the second-straight year Campbell has been provided an extension. Just over a year ago, he signed a 6-year extension that bumped his pay from $2.1 million to $3.5 million. This latest extension bumps basically gives him an additional year.
The Cyclones have also shown their commitment to football by renovating Jack Trice Stadium and investing $90 million in a upcoming 110,000-square foot Sports Performance Center.
“I can’t begin to express my appreciation to Dr. Wintersteen and Jamie for their support of our program and their willingness to work together in taking this program to levels it has never achieved previously,” Campbell said. “Our staff is committed to raising this program to a championship level and it’s important for our team, our fans and prospective Cyclones to know that we are fully invested in the future of Iowa State football.
In Campbell’s three years at Iowa State, he has taken the program from one that struggled to win three games a season, to an 8-win program flirting with conference title contention. The Cyclones finished third in the Big 12 this season with a 6-3 conference record and a 8-4 overall record, and will play in the Alamo Bowl on December 28.
“I have so much appreciation for what our guys have accomplished in three years and I’m really excited to see what lies ahead for our football team and the most loyal and remarkable fans in the nation,” Campbell said.