In what has felt like the most roller coaster month in terms of Buffalo coaches, we finally have some good news. Coach Felisha Legette-Jack is opting to stay in Buffalo as she and AD Mark Alnutt have agreed to a five year extension. While Bulls fans may not feel too good about the term “five year extension,” this one feels better as FLJ has already interviewed elsewhere and opted to remain home.
There was speculation among many which involved Coach Jack leaving. Some reports said she was all but gone. Who could blame her, coming off her two best years and arguably the best Buffalo women’s player ever graduating in Cierra Dillard. She had nothing left to prove. Except now, she is proving she is committed to making Buffalo a national powerhouse and a program which deserves respect.
In the past two seasons, FLJ has had a 3-2 record in the NCAA tournament which includes a sweet 16 appearance, along with a MAC Championship. She’s led the Bulls to their first ever NCAA tournament in 2015-2016 when she led her eighth seeded Bulls to a shocking MAC tournament championship. Her teams always seem to perform which is a testament to the leader she is. She has gotten the most out of every player it seems and creates a system and culture which every player seems to buy in to. With Coach Jack remaining at the helm, the Bulls should be a team to be reckoned with for years.
While obviously this contract extension does not guarantee her to stay all 5 years, this is a big win for AD Mark Alnutt who faced some criticism coming out of the Oats situation. However, he has secured a person arguably more important to the foundation of the Buffalo Bulls athletic model and we believe this is the start of a wonderful dynasty for the Women’s Basketball program.