UW gives baseball coach Lindsay Meggs six-year contract extension


Lindsay Meggs has been rewarded with a new contract after leading the Huskies baseball program to the postseason for the first time in a decade.

Meggs, the 2014 Pac-12 coach of the year, has signed to a six-year contract extension that will pay him a total of $2.2 million.

The Huskies, picked 10th of 11 teams in the Pac-12 preseason coaches’ poll, finished second in the conference with a 21-9 record and were ranked as high as fifth in the national rankings, the program’s highest ranking.

In Meggs’ fifth season as the UW coach, the Huskies finished 41-17-1 overall, just the fifth time the program has reached the 40-win plateau.

Washington, awarded a bid to an NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004, lost to host Mississippi in the championship round of a regional. A program-record eight players were drafted by major league teams last month.

Meggs has a record 140-139-1 at UW and a 755-446-5 overall record in 21 seasons as a head coach. He led Cal State Chico to Division II national championships in 1997 and 1999.

Meggs will earn $275,004 in the first year of the deal and $425,004 in the final year. He has a $125,000 “longevity” bonus if he is still the UW coach on June 30, 2019. Among other bonuses, he could earn $10,000 for a Pac-12 championship and $50,000 for a national championship.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead this program for the next six years and beyond, and I’m also excited that our entire coaching staff will return next year intact,” Meggs said in a statement. “I have always maintained that our success as a baseball program depends on our relationships. And it’s exciting for me to come to work every day knowing that the University of Washington has the same goals that we do as a program, and that is to get to Omaha (for the College World Series) and to be the last team standing.”

 

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