Virginia director of athletics Carla Williams announced Thursday that head football coach Bronco Mendenhall has agreed to a two-year extension that would take him through the 2024 season.
Mendenhall, previously the head coach at Brigham Young, signed a five-year contract on Dec. 9, 2015 that paid him $3.25 million annually.
After going 2-10 and 6-7 in Mendenhall’s first two seasons, the Cavaliers received a second straight bowl invitation this past season and routed South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl. They finished 8-5.
“He is driven to elevate Virginia football to a championship standard in all areas,” said Williams, who was named athletic director in the fall of 2017 and took office for the second semester of 2017-18.
UVa subsequently hired a new president, Jim Ryan.
“I want to thank Carla Williams, president Jim Ryan and this outstanding university for the support and willingness to believe in our vision for Virginia football,” Mendenhall said in a prepared release.
“Every day I stop and reflect on how truly blessed I am to be the football coach at a world-class university such as Virginia and to live in such a wonderful community.”
The Mendenhall announcement was accompanied later in the day Thursday by news that UVa’s athletic department had received an anonymous $5 million gift.
$4 million will go to UVa’s Athletics Master Plan and $1 million will go to the Student Health and Wellness Center.
The implosion of University Hall last week was just one of several facilities moves in the works for UVa athletics, where Onesty Hall and The Cage area have been razed and an indoor football facility was built.
Onesty Hall once housed the swimming and wrestling programs and The Cage was used for indoor football activities. Three natural-grass football fields are in the works for the University Hall area.
The McCue Center, home to athletic administrators as well as the football team, also is slated for renovation.