SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced today that head baseball coach Reggie Christiansen and Sacramento State have agreed to a contract extension that will keep Christiansen with the Hornets through the 2024 season.
"My family and I are excited that Dr. Nelsen and Mark Orr have extended our stay in this great city and tremendous institution," Christiansen said. "Over the past nine years the players we've been lucky to have in our program have impacted us greatly as a family. Amber and I can't imagine there being a better place to raise our family. Our kids are Hornets, too!"
The upcoming 2018 season will be Christiansen's eighth at the helm at Sacramento State. With the announcement of his new contract, Hornet fans can look forward to at least another seven seasons with Christiansen.
"Coach Christiansen has demonstrated a tremendous ability to take our teams to that next level," Orr said. "A coach of his pedigree and with his distinctions - we're very fortunate we get to keep him in Green and Gold."
Orr, who took over as Director of Athletics at Sacramento State in March of 2017, arrived just in time to witness the Christiansen-led Hornets win the WAC tournament for a second time after finishing the regular season with a 32-29 overall record. From there, the team earned a bid to an NCAA Regional for the second time under Christiansen's leadership. In addition to the success on the field, Christiansen was named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2014.
"Our goal is to contend for a championship and play in the postseason each and every year. I am very fortunate to have a great group of players and coaches to work towards those goals each and every day."
Christiansen owns a 219-200 (.523) overall record since taking over as head coach for the 2011 season. Over that same span, he is 96-78 (.552) in conference play. Among 24 Division I baseball teams in California, the Hornets have the eighth most wins over the last six seasons (2012-17). Sacramento State and Cal State Fullerton are the only Division I California schools to have won at least 30 games in each of the last six seasons, all under the guidance of Christiansen. Nationally, Christiansen is one of just 18 coaches to have achieved that feat while with the same university.
With the additions of Orr and University President Dr. Nelsen, Christiansen expects to see that success continue.
"The level of commitment and passion that President Nelsen exudes along with Mark's leadership gives me great confidence that our athletics department can continue to not just succeed but also to soar to new heights," he explained. "The best is yet to come."
Sacramento State opens its season this spring at home against Washington on Friday, Feb. 16. Conference play begins on Thursday, March 29, at New Mexico State.