UConn coach gives $250K for athletic facilities upgrade

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn football coach Bob Diaco and his wife Julia have announced they are donating $250,000 toward the construction of several new athletic facilities on campus.

The school says the donation from the Diacos to the UConn Foundation will be put toward new soccer, baseball and softball facilities.

UConn has estimated those fields will cost $46 million to build, and is hoping to raise $25 million of that through private donations.

The difference would be made up through a planned surcharge on basketball and football tickets.

Diaco last month signed a contract extension with the school designed to pay him $9.5 million over the next five seasons.

He says the school's football complex is among the best in the nation and he wants other coaches to enjoy the same caliber of facilities.

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