ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Aces have announced that they have voided the final year of Davis Payne’s contract and signed their head coach to a new two-year deal that includes a signing bonus and will run through 2005-06.
Hired in May 2003, Payne led Alaska to a stunning turnaround in 2003-04 including a 35-point improvement and the Aces first playoff series win in five years. Alaska swept regular season champion San Diego in the Pacific Division Semifinals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs before losing in the Pacific Division Finals to eventual Kelly Cup Champion Idaho.
“Based on what Davis proved to us over the course of last season, we decided to essentially rip up his contract and give him incentive to stay for at least another two years,” said Aces co-owner Jerry Mackie. “We thought that he and his family, as well as our loyal fans, deserved some stability beyond next season and, of course, we want to have his continued leadership.”
“My family has been treated very well here and thus we’re in no hurry to leave,” said Payne, who lives year-round in Anchorage with his wife and two daughters. “This is a great city with tremendous fans and an ownership group who’s committed to keeping things in place that will hopefully culminate in a Kelly Cup Championship.”