Weber State head coach Jay Hill rallies his team prior to kickoff against Nevada in an NCAA college football game in Reno, Nev., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Lance Iversen)

Lance Iversen, Associated Press

Weber State adds 2 years to Jay Hill's contract through 2025 season

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Feb. 18, 2021 at 3:55 p.m.

OGDEN — Just nine days before the start of the abbreviated 2021 spring football season in the Football Championship Subdivision, Weber State sent a message.

Jay Hill isn't going anywhere.

The sixth-year head coach agreed to a two-year extension with the Wildcats, the school announced Thursday, contracting with the FCS title contenders through the 2025 season.

"I am super excited about the direction of our program, what we have accomplished and where we are heading," Hill said in a statement from the school. "Weber State is a very special place to me and I couldn't be happier with the way our administration has backed me in building a championship program."

Hill, 45, is 47-30 in six seasons as head coach, including a 34-14 in Big Sky play. The Lehi native and Utah alum has reportedly been eyed by multiple Football Bowl Subdivision schools in head coaching searches since the fall. But Hill's latest extension is a symbol to his commitment to Weber State and the Ogden community.

Hill was named the 11th head coach in Weber State football history in December 2013, then signed a five-year extension four years later. His latest deal expires Jan. 31, 2026.

His last contract increased his base salary to $185,000, according to public records at the time, in addition to a $90,000 annual base for a rate of $275,000 that made him the highest-paid coach in the Big Sky Conference at the time.

Hill has coached 13 FCS All-Americans, 84 All-Big Sky honorees, and 45 academic award recipients.

In six seasons at Weber State, Hill has advanced to the FCS Playoffs in each of the last four seasons, including three-straight Big Sky Conference titles or co-championships.

"Jay has done an incredible job in building our football program into what it is today," Weber State athletic director Tim Crompton said. "I echo his sentiments on the support from the WSU administration. Jay has proven himself as an elite coach and we are thrilled to have him sign this extension to continue to build on what he has accomplished."

The Wildcats open the season Feb. 27 against Idaho State.

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