By Olivia Russell, WAVE 3 News Intern
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville head baseball coach Dan McDonnell has agreed to a new 10-year contract.
During a news conference on June 1, Tom Jurich, UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics, proudly announced the details of the agreement, which will include a hefty annual base salary increase.
The new contract makes McDonnell one of the highest paid coaches ever in college baseball at $1 million a year, not including bonuses.
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"He earned it with a capital 'E'," Jurich said about his friend and colleague, McDonnell. He later added, "I still think he’s underpaid."
McDonnell had five years remaining on his current contract, which will now be extended through the 2026 season.
This announcement was made during a time of much speculation regarding McDonnell’s current coaching position. Rumors have recently circulated due to job openings at other top-program schools.
McDonnell is the winningest coach in Louisville baseball history with a 453-189 record in 10 seasons as head coach of the Cardinals. He has lead his team to three College World Series appearances, five NCAA Super Regional berths and nine NCAA Championship appearances.
The new contract comes just two days before the Cardinals open the NCAA regional tournament, which McDonnell was not very thrilled about. While saying he would rather be outside practicing with his team, McDonnell said he understands the news conference was necessary.
McDonnell hopes that the announcement of the new deal calms the nerves for his players and recruits during this crucial point in the season, and also as the MLB draft approaches.
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