Illinois State extends Spack's contract

Normal, IL ( - Illinois State rewarded football coach Brock Spack for taking the Redbirds to the FCS national championship game this past season, announcing a contract extension Wednesday through at least the 2021 campaign.

Spack's salary will increase to $300,000, beginning with the 2015 season.

"Brock is such a great fit for our department, our campus and our community," athletic director Larry Lyons said in a statement. "He is a tremendous program manager and a gifted football coach. This contract reflects a competitive salary within the context of FCS football and the Missouri Valley Football Conference. It provides strong evidence of our mutual commitment to the long- term stability and success of the Illinois State football program."

Spack has a 46-26 (.639) record in six seasons at Illinois State, including a winning record in five of his six campaigns. This past season, the Redbirds went 13-2, sharing the Missouri Valley Conference title with North Dakota State before losing to the Bison in the national final on Jan. 10.

Spack was named the Missouri Valley coach of the year and an Eddie Robinson Award finalist for the second time.