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IPFW''s Fife signs extension

Deal is through 2016

Dane Fife, who has led IPFW's men's basketball program to improved seasons in each of his six years as head coach, including an 18-12 record this past season, has signed a contract extension through the 2016 season, the university announced today.

Fife, who will turn 32 this summer, owns an 82-97 overall record in his six seasons with Mastodons.

Last year he led IPFW to its first winning season in NCAA Division I at 16-15.

Whether Fife stays at IPFW through the length of the contract remains to be seen. He has been touted as one of the sought-after young coaches in the country.

"I will not deny that coach Fife is a commodity," IPFW athletic director Tommy Bell said.

Bell said Fife has "some mechanisms in the contract" to go elsewhere, but did not elaborate.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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