SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State head baseball coach Reggie Christiansen has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in the Hornet program through the 2021 season, Sacramento State Athletics Director Bill Macriss announced on Wednesday.
"I feel fortunate to be the head coach at Sacramento State and am grateful that President Nelsen and Bill Macriss have extended our contract," Christiansen said. "My wife and kids are deeply entrenched in the local community and hope to be here for many years to come. I want to thank our players, past and present, for their contributions on the field. We all know that without their achievements, our program would not be in the position it is today."
A two-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Coach of the Year, Christiansen has led the Hornets to five straight 30-win seasons, the longest since a string of nine straight 30-win seasons from 1985-1993. He completed his sixth year as head coach at Sacramento Sate in 2016 after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the associate head coach with the program.
Among the 24 Div. I baseball teams in California, Christiansen's squad has recorded the seventh most wins over the last five seasons. The team has won 168 total games since 2012, more than several perennial postseason qualifiers including Pepperdine, Stanford, Long Beach State, Cal, USC and Fresno State.
"We are fortunate to have Reggie Christiansen as a member of the Hornet family and I believe the baseball program will continue to grow and improve in the years to come," Macriss said. "Baseball has improved on the field and in the classroom during his time as head coach and he has worked hard to build strong relationships within the Sacramento baseball community.
"Reggie expects to build this program into one that will regularly compete on the regional and national stage and we believe he can accomplish that here."
Christiansen led the Sacramento State baseball program into a new era during the 2016 season as lights were installed for the first time in the 63-year history of its home stadium, John Smith Field. After more than two years of hard work, the Hornets hosted Pacific in front of a near capacity crowd for the first night game on campus on May 17 with Christiansen and former coaches Cal Boyes and John Smith ceremonially turning on the lights for the first time.
John Smith Field is also receiving a brand new playing surface ahead of the 2017 season.
"This is an exciting time for our program," Christiansen said. "The lights and the brand new field will help in our recruiting efforts as well as give our current players a facility to be proud of."
Over the last five seasons, Christiansen's program has received an All-American honor (Rhys Hoskins), two all-West Region selections, four Freshman All-American Honors, three WAC Freshmen of the Year accolades, and two WAC Player of the Year selections.
The team has defeated two top-five programs in the last three seasons, including a win over second-ranked Oregon State in 2014 and a victory at No. 5 LSU last year. Christiansen led the Hornets to their first outright regular season WAC title and their first WAC Tournament championship in 2014 as 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.
Over the last six years, 14 of Christiansen's players have been drafted and two others signed professional contracts as free agents, with multiple players drafted following each of the last five seasons. Also during Christiansen's tenure, his teams have succeeded off the field with program record grade point averages and the highest team GPA among all Sacramento State men's athletic programs each of the last two years.