When Mike Bobinski came aboard in the fall of 2016 Purdue athletics were in dire straits. The men’s basketball team had not won an NCAA Tournament game since 2012, baseball was coming off of a terrible 10-win season, and the less said about football at the time, the better.
In just three years Bobinski has turned things around.
Bobinski has completely transformed the football program after years of mismanagement and neglect. Men’s basketball has made three consecutive Sweet 16s, won two Big Ten titles, and was two tenths of a second from the Final Four. Baseball made it third ever NCAA Tournament and is in transition again under Greg Goff. There have been facility improvements and the huge Ross-Ade renovation is taking its first steps with the installation of lights in 2017 and the new ribbon board this year. As a result, Bobinski saw his contract get extended today through 2024:
Bobinski’s contract will run through the 2023-2024 school year. He had two years remaining on his initial contract signed in 2016.
The board approved increasing Bobinski’s base salary to $750,000 – a $100,000 increase from his 2018-19 base salary. He will receive merit increases of $25,000 a year through the remainder of his contract.
It is amazing what competent, forward-thinking leadership can do! In my opinion there is still a gigantic concern with the plight of our once proud women’s basketball program, but overall Bobinski has done a fantastic job. The hire of Jeff Brohm has been a huge success so far and the football program is finally on an upward trajectory. This momentum is lifting all programs too, since Bobinski actually understands that successful football benefits all sports.
Well done, Mr. Bobinski. Hopefully by 2024 we have a Final Four and a Rose Bowl under your tenure.