BASEBALL COACH CHRISTIANSEN EARNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State baseball head coach Reggie Christiansen has been given a three-year contract extension through 2016, Sacramento State Athletics Director Dr. Terry Wanless announced.
The 2012 Western Athletic Conference coach of the year and Major League Baseball's Northern California scouts Div. I Coach of the Year, Christiansen has taken the Hornet baseball program to new heights in his three seasons leading the team, including back-to-back 30 win seasons for the first time since 1992-93.
"I'm very excited that Reggie has agreed to a new contract extension," Dr. Wanless said. "He's done a great job in the time that he's been with us and he's certainly earned the right to continue with us going into the future. He had a great recruiting year and we're looking forward to nothing but great things in the future."
Under Christiansen's tutelage the Hornets have recorded the sixth-most wins over the last two seasons among 24 Division-I baseball teams in California. The team won 65 total games in 2012 and 2013, more than several perennial postseason qualifiers including Long Beach State, Fresno State, UC Irvine, and Cal.
"I feel extremely fortunate to be the head baseball coach at Sacramento State," Christiansen said. "My family and I are very thankful that President Gonzales, Dr. Varlotta, and Dr. Wanless have made the commitment to myself and our program. I am very thankful to the players that have been here over the last three years; ultimately what they've done on the field brought upon the contract extension.
"I'm really excited about this years team with the guys we have coming back and a solid recruiting class. The recruiting class we'll announce in November will be a Top 25 recruiting class in my opinion, so we are very optimistic about the future of our program."
Over the last two seasons Christiansen has tutored three Freshman All-Americans, pitcher Sutter McLoughlin and designated hitter Chris Lewis in 2013 and outfielder Rhys Hoskins in 2012, while the Hornets have set program season records in opponent batting average, shutouts, and fielding parentage. The squad also ranked No. 21 in the nation in doubles and No. 30 in batting average following the 2012 campaign.
Christiansen's players have garnered 11 All-WAC honors over the last three seasons, including six first team honorees, two Freshman of the Year awards, and one Player of the Year honor. He has also tutored five players that have been taken in the MLB Draft over the last two seasons.