Northern Illinois has extended the contract of Huskie football head coach Jerry Kill by two years, through the 2015 season, NIU Athletic Director Jeff Compher announced Thursday.
Kill, who completed his first year at Northern Illinois by leading the 2008 Huskies to an Independence Bowl berth and a four-game improvement in the win column, has a career winning percentage of .632 in 15 seasons as a collegiate head coach.
“This is a matter of rewarding a guy who is putting his heart and soul into the Northern Illinois football program,” Compher said in a news release. “We want to make it clear that we want he and his staff to be a part of this university for a long time. A year ago, he led the resurgence of this team, and I firmly believe that not just on the field, but in the classroom and in life, Jerry helps us fulfill our mission of developing champions.”
Kill was appreciative of the confidence shown by Compher and NIU President Dr. John Peters in making the contract extension.
“I want to thank the University, especially Dr. Peters and Jeff [Compher] for giving us the opportunity,” Kill said. “I appreciate their faith in the direction the program is going.”
With the extension, Kill’s contract now covers the complete four-year careers of each of his next two signing classes.
Kill's original contract called for him to be paid $340,000 a year through 2013. He also received a $25,000 bonus for earning a bowl bid last season.