National Basketball Association (NBA) champions Golden State Warriors have extended head coach Steve Kerr's contract.
The 52-year-old American tactician recently guided the Warriors to back-to-back NBA titles and he has since been rewarded with a new deal.
Warriors president of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers hailed Kerr as a terrific coach.
“We’re excited to have Steve under contract and poised to lead our team for the next several years,” said Myers on the NBA website.
“Under his guidance, we’ve been fortunate enough to win three NBA titles in four years and his ability to thrive in all facets of his job is certainly a primary reason for our success. He’s a terrific coach, but more importantly an incredible human being.”
Under Kerr, the Warriors have won three NBA Championships in four seasons, joining Phil Jackson (1991, 1992, 1993) and John Kundla (1949, 1950, 1951) as the only head coaches in NBA history to win three titles in their first four seasons at the helm.
Kerr owns a playoff mark of 63-20 (.759), the highest winning percentage in NBA history amongst head coaches who have coached a minimum of 25 playoff games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Warriors have claimed the Pacific Division crown in four-consecutive seasons under Kerr, who along with Pat Riley is the only other coach in NBA history to win their division in each of the first four seasons as head coach.
Originally named to the position on May 19, 2014, Kerr is the 25th head coach in franchise history and the 20th since the team moved to the West Coast in 1962. He is the fourth Warriors coach to win an NBA title, joining Eddie Gottlieb (1947), George Senesky (1956) and Alvin Attles (1975).
He is also just the third coach in franchise history to be named Coach of the Year (2015-16), joining Alex Hannum (1963-64) and Don Nelson (1991-92).