CORVALLIS, Ore. — Kansas State’s run to an NCAA super regional beginning Saturday at Oregon State — the first super regional in school history — has meant a financial windfall for K-State baseball coach Brad Hill, with potentially more to come.
Hill, who has a five-year contract through 2014-2015 that he signed in 2010, has already earned $65,000 of a potential $172,500 in bonuses this season. Hill’s salary this season is $210,000 and goes up $10,000 each of the next two years.
The Wildcats’ Big 12 regular-season title, the school’s first league title in 80 years, triggered three bonuses for Hill — $5,000 for finishing in the top five in the Big 12, $5,000 for finishing in the top three in the Big 12 and $15,000 for winning the Big 12 regular-season title. Another $5,000 bonus kicked in for making the Big 12 Tournament, which the Wildcats did not win, and Hill earned another $5,000 for being named Big 12 coach of the year.
Making the NCAA Tournament earned Hill another $10,000 and winning last week’s NCAA regional in Manhattan earned him another $20,000.
If Hill were to be named Region coach of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association, that would be another $7,500. If he is named national coach of the year by the ABCA, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association or Baseball America, the bonus would be $10,000.
Hill will get a $30,000 bonus should the Wildcats beat Oregon State in the best-of-three super regional and $50,000 if they win the College World Series.
Draft news — K-State junior center fielder Jared King was drafted by the New York Mets in the fifth round of Fridays’s Major League Baseball draft, becoming the highest-drafted Wildcat since his older brother, Jason King (Detroit), and Evan Marshall (Arizona) were drafted in the fourth round in 2011.
King, an All-Big 12 selection, is hitting .327 with 15 doubles and 51 RBIs. He has a career .329 batting average.
"It’s something I’ve worked my entire life for, it’s very exciting," King said. "It’s an honor, really. A dream come true."
K-State second baseman Ross Kivett, the Big 12 player of the year, was drafted in the 10th round by the Cleveland Indians.
Beavers get drafted, too — Two Oregon State pitchers were drafted Friday, with Ben Wetzler going in the fifth round to Philadelphia and Matt Boyd going to Toronto in the seventh round. Oregon State shortstop Tyler Smith was drafted in the eighth round by Seattle.
Hill on Stephenson’s firing -- Hill, a native of Galva, followed this week’s events at Wichita State closely as baseball coach Gene Stephenson was fired after 36 seasons.
The Shockers’ season came to an end at the Manhattan regional with back-to-back losses to K-State and Arkansas.
"It hurt to watch it go down, I have a lot of respect for (Stephenson)," Hill said. "Growing up as a Kansas kid it was always my dream to go (to WSU) but it didn’t work out and I ended up at Emporia State.
"(Stephenson) built a dynasty and he is an idol of mine because of how he built the program and because his vision for baseball in the midwest was something we all, as coaches, have as a standard to live up to."
Hill, who does not have an agent, said he has not been contacted by WSU athletic director Eric Sexton about the opening.
And would he listen to Sexton if he was?
"No," Hill said. "I would not."
More seating at Goss -- Oregon State’s Goss Stadium, which the school said normally can seat 3,500, got a slight facelift for the super regional, with a small set of shaded bleachers beyond the left-field wall and a bigger set of elevated bleachers in right field. Oregon State didn’t have a specific number for how many extra fans would be in Goss, but tickets to the games have been sold out since earlier this week.