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JODY SEARS SHEDS INTERIM LABEL, EARNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

JODY SEARS SHEDS INTERIM LABEL, EARNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State and head football coach Jody Sears agreed in principle to a three-year contract extension, it was announced today. The agreement, which will require approval from the California State University Chancellor's office, will make Sears the head coach through the 2017 season.

"I am pleased with the way the 2014 season transpired and the way the football team, and its head coach, performed and represented the University," Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez said. "The football program connects the institution to the Sacramento community and the alumni. The feedback from this season has been both positive and supportive of Coach Sears and the direction in which the program is headed."

Sears took over the program on an interim basis in the spring of 2014. He led the team to a 7-5 overall record and 4-4 Big Sky Conference mark during the year, including a 41-30 win over UC Davis in the Causeway Classic. The Hornets won their final three games of the year to match their highest win total in the Div. I era (1993-pres.), and scored better than 40 points in nine of the season's 12 games.
 
"Jody stepped into the role of interim head coach this spring and has done a very good job," Interim Director of Athletics Bill Macriss said. "Throughout the transition this year, Coach Sears kept the team focused and unified while also reaching out to the program's alumni and to the greater Sacramento community."
 
Sears officially becomes the 10th head coach in Hornet football history. The seven wins were the most by any Sacramento State football coach during his first season.
 
"I'm extremely blessed and thankful for this opportunity," Sears said. "I would like to thank President Gonzalez and Bill Macriss for their confidence in me and what we were able to accomplish this year.

"I think our success this past season was a reflection of the work done by our leaders and our seniors. They established a strong base to build upon, and have laid the foundation to make this program a consistent winner."
 
Individually, quarterback Garrett Safron led the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense and receiver DeAndre Carter was the FCS leader in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and receptions per game. A total of 14 Hornets earned all-Big Sky Conference accolades, including six on the first or second teams.

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