SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State baseball head coach Reggie Christiansen has agreed to a contract extension and a deal that will keep him in the Hornet program through the 2019 season, Sacramento State Interim Athletics Director Bill Macriss announced on Friday.
"I would like to personally thank (Sacramento State President) Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, Bill Macriss and (Interim Vice President for Student Affairs) Ed Mills for their commitment to the baseball program," Christiansen said. "My family and I would like to make Sacramento our home for a long time. I believe we are building something special here and this is just the beginning."
A two-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) coach of the year, Christiansen led the Hornets to their first outright regular season WAC title and their first WAC Tournament championship last season. The squad played in the Div. I NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history and had a win to eliminate perennial national power Arizona State.
"We are excited about the commitment Reggie Christiansen has made to Sacramento State and the commitment we have been able to make to Reggie and to the baseball program," Macriss said. "Under his leadership, the program has seen a very high level of success both on the field and in the classroom.
"We are both extremely fortunate and thrilled to have Reggie overseeing the Sacramento State baseball program for years to come."
On Thursday Sacramento State athletics announced numerous facility upgrades, including two major projects to improve the Hornets' home ballpark, John Smith Field. Lights will be installed at the stadium, allowing the program to be eligible to host postseason tournaments and helping student-athletes miss less class time because of midweek day games. The baseball field will also be re-graded.
"The addition of lights, the field project, and this new contract shows how much they value baseball at our institution." Christiansen said. "A special thanks goes out to our coaching staff and support staff. Steve Holm has been instrumental in our success the last two years, and our support staff does a great job in providing the resources necessary to compete against the top programs in our region.
"None of this would be possible without our players. We have had a special group of student-athletes the past three years and ultimately they are the ones that get it done on the field."
Over the last three seasons Christiansen's program has received one All-American Honor (Rhys Hoskins), four Freshman All-American Honors, three WAC Freshmen of the Year, and two WAC Player of the Year honors. The squad has also won 30 or more games in three-straight seasons, the longest such streak since a string of nine straight 30-win seasons from 1985-1993.
Among 24 Division-I baseball teams in California, the Hornets have recorded the eighth-most wins over the last three seasons, winning 105 total games from 2012-2014. The 2014 Hornets won 40 games for the first time since 1991, while seven Hornets have been selected in the MLB Draft under Christiansen's leadership.