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Kansas State baseball coach receives new contract

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 12:22 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at 2:20 p.m.

— Kansas State baseball coach Brad Hill has agreed to a new five-year contract that will raise his salary to $265,000 and keep him with the Wildcats through 2018.

The new deal, announced by K-State on Tuesday, isn’t surprising. The Wildcats are coming off a 45-win campaign, a Big 12 championship and a super regional appearance. It was their best season in program history, and they have the bulk of their roster returning. Locking up Hill, a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, for the forseable future was a priority for athletic director John Currie.

“It is an exciting time for K-State Baseball,” Currie said in a statement. “Under Coach Hill’s leadership, our program has continued to develop as evidenced by our first conference championship in 80 years and hosting and winning the school’s first-ever NCAA regional at Tointon Family Stadium.”

The new contract is retroactive to June 15 and extends through the 2018 season. It replaces the five-year deal Hill signed in 2010, which paid him $220,000. Hill’s new contract calls for an average annual compensation of $292,000 as well as several bonuses. If Hill stays at K-State through the 2015 season, he will receive $125,000. He will receive $150,000 if he fulfills the life of his contract.

Hill will also earn an additional percentage of his salary — up to 32 percent — based on how well the team performs and the coaching awards he wins.

“The support we have received at K-State since the day my family and I arrived has been second to none, including the last few years under John Currie,” Hill said in a statement. “The rise of the program is centered on the players and coaching staff, both current and former, that have dedicated themselves to K-State baseball.”

Hill is the second-winningest coach in program history, and enters his 11th season with a 338-243-3 record. He has guided the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament four times.

Reach Kellis Robinett at krobinett@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @kellisrobinett.

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