With Akron assured of at least a four-win season for the first time since 2008, the school announced Thursday that second-year coach Terry Bowden received a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season.
The Zips (4-7) have one game remaining next week against Toledo.
Akron had won only three games from 2010 through 2012, but this season the program has shown signs of shedding their losing ways. The Zips have won three of their last four games and earlier in the season came close to pulling off a huge upset at Michigan.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the progress we've made," Bowden said in a statement. "I'm proud of the dedication of the players and staff, who have never given up and are starting to see the rewards of their hard work.
"This contract extension is a product of their efforts and I appreciate the continued dedication the university has made to Zips football. That dedication of resources was apparent when I interviewed for this position and helps with every aspect of our program."
Bowden, 57, came to Akron in 2012 after three seasons at North Alabama and six years at Auburn. He is the son of former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.