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Men's basketball names longtime WMU assistant Clayton Bates next head coach

Just a little over two weeks after Western Michigan men's basketball parted ways with Steve Hawkins after 17 seasons, the program announced its new head coach on Saturday night.

Clayton Bates agreed to a two-year contract worth $120,000 annually, with an additional $100,000 for media obligations, to become the 14th coach in WMU men's basketball history.

Hawkins made a base annual salary of $225,000 plus an additional $160,000 for media obligations before his contract expired after this season.

"My family and I are proud Broncos and we are excited to be a part of this university in a new capacity," Bates said in the school's press release.