MIAMI (AP) _ Looking ahead to more rebuilding with the Florida Marlins, manager John Boles signed a one-year contract extension Friday to remain with the club through the 2002 season.

Boles, 52, and the surprising Marlins have overcome low expectations, a season-ending injury to ace Alex Fernandez and sagging home attendance to hover near the .500 mark all season.

``They said it wouldn't last,'' quipped Boles, who's in his third season and second stint as Marlins manager. ``We've got a lot of work to do and a lot of improvement to make. But we're headed in the right direction. It's nice to be part of the plan.''

The Marlins also signed bench coach Joe Breeden, pitching coach Rich Dubee, third base coach Fredi Gonzalez, hitting coach Jack Maloof and infield coach Tony Taylor to one-year extensions.

First base coach Rusty Kuntz will leave after this season to spend more time with his 10-year-old son, Boles said. Kuntz has accepted a position as a minor-league baserunning and outfield coordinator with the Marlins.

``John Boles and his staff should be commended for the substantial improvement the team has undergone since he was named manager,'' general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

After winning the 1997 World Series, the Marlins were dismantled by then-owner Wayne Huizenga. They lost 108 games the following season and 98 a year ago. All the while, Florida continued to rebuild behind some of the best pitching prospects in the league.

``It's not practical or realistic to think everyone in this clubhouse is going to be back next season,'' Boles said. ``But the nucleus is going to be here. We just have to continue to work toward the common goal, which is for everyone individually to improve and then collectively, we'll get better as a club.''