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Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall holds up the trophy after the Cavaliers defeated South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.

Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall has agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2024 season, the school announced on Thursday. Terms of the extension were not immediately available.

Mendenhall, who is entering his fourth season at UVa, has led the Cavaliers to bowl games in each of the past two seasons.  

“We are excited about the direction of the Virginia football program under the guidance and leadership of Bronco Mendenhall,” Virginia director of athletics Carla Williams said in a statement announcing the extension. “He has done an exceptional job of establishing a culture of excellence on the field, in the community and in the classroom.”

Mendenhall is 16-22 in his three years with the Cavaliers. After a 2-10 campaign in Mendenhall’s first year, Virginia went 6-7 in 2017 and played in the Military Bowl, the Cavaliers’ first postseason appearance since 2011.

UVa had its best season in recent memory in 2018, finishing 8-5. The Wahoos capped the campaign by defeating South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl in December to earn the program’s first bowl victory since 2005.

Mendenhall’s 14-year career coaching record is 115-65, including a 99-43 mark in 11 seasons at BYU. He has led his teams to bowl appearances in 13 of 14 seasons.

“Every day, I stop and reflect on how truly blessed I am to be the football coach at a world-class university such as Virginia and to live in such a wonderful community,” Mendenhall said. “This is truly a privilege and one I hold in the highest regard. I want to thank Carla Williams, President Jim Ryan and this outstanding university for the support and willingness to believe in our vision for Virginia football. Most importantly, I want to thank the players for their commitment to the standards we have placed on them and to our football alumni for their support.”

Mendenhall is one of three active coaches to have inherited at least two programs in his career that were coming off a losing season and in year one or year two, played in a bowl game. The others to do it are Nick Saban (Alabama, LSU, Michigan State) and Mark Dantonio (Michigan State/Cincinnati).

“I am proud of the progress our football program has made the past three seasons,” Mendenhall said. “We still have a lot of work to do. We're not there yet. We're just getting started. I look forward to the challenges ahead as we continue our pursuit of building a championship program.”

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, jshifflett2@dailyprogress.com, or @John_Shifflett.

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