SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced today that head baseball coach Reggie Christiansen and Sacramento State have agreed to a new seven-year contract that will keep Christiansen with the Hornets through the 2026 season.
"We are excited to be a part of this for a long time," said Christiansen about the agreement. "I had an opportunity to meet with President Nelsen and Mark (Orr) a week ago to discuss the state of the program, where we're at, and what's next. I walked out of that meeting convinced that President Nelsen and Mark are all in on helping us take the next step.
"That along with my family being really embedded in the community - we love it here - it was easy for us to further our commitment to Sacramento State."
The announcement comes on the heels of a thrilling 2019 season of Hornet baseball in which Sacramento State won 40 games, claimed the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament title, and upset 19th-ranked UC Santa Barbara in an NCAA Regional contest. It was the program's third NCAA Regional appearance since 2014 and its second 40-win season under Christiansen.
"The Hornet baseball program has grown year after year under Coach Christiansen's leadership," said Orr. "He has demonstrated a tremendous ability to lead a team to the next level and we are committed to him, the team, and helping them advance as a program."
Under Christiansen's tutelage, Sacramento State has won three WAC tournaments and participated in three Regional tournaments. The Hornets are 294-250 (.540) in nine seasons with Christiansen at the helm, including 132-95 in league play. Sacramento State has won 30 or more games in each of the last eight seasons, including reaching the 40-win milestone twice. The Hornets are the only Division I program in California to win 30 or more games in each of the last eight seasons.
For his coaching career, Christiansen breached the 400-win milestone this year, finishing the 2019 campaign with 401 career wins. Win number 400 was also Sacramento State's WAC tournament-clinching victory over Grand Canyon.
"Every year the goal has been to win the conference and advance to a Regional," added Christiansen. "We've proven we can do that. We've been to a Regional three times now and I want to see us continue to move this thing forward."