Duck Baseball: Horton gets new five-year deal

EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon Athletics and baseball coach George Horton have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract it was announced Monday, Nov. 19.

"We're extremely excited to have George continue the progress of Oregon baseball. He's done an outstanding job. We look forward to our journey to Pac-12 championships and Omaha," said Rob Mullens, UO's Director of Athletics.

Horton will be paid a base salary of $200,000 per year throughout the term of the agreement, in addition to receiving $250,000 per year in a guaranteed salary supplement. UO will also pay Horton annual performance incentives based on competitive excellence, baseball ticket sales and academic achievement of the baseball student-athletes.

"I am honored to be bestowed the great opportunity to continue as the head baseball coach at the University of Oregon," Horton said. "I have great admiration for our athletic department's outstanding administration and fellow coaches. I specifically want to thank, Rob Mullens and Jim Bartko for the trust and confidence they have shown in my current coaching staff to continue the development of this baseball program."

Horton, a two-time National Coach of the Year, has a career record of 622-321-2 (.659) in 15 years as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level. He led his previous school, Cal State Fullerton, to the NCAA title in 2004. In his four seasons at Oregon, the Ducks have a record of 132-109-1 (.548).

"It is a distinct privilege to work with my immediate staff and with a group of student-athletes for which I have great respect," Horton said. "I love being a Duck and cherish my role as a member of our extended team. Phil and Penny Knight, Pat and Stephanie Kilkenny, and many others have made being part of this fabulous athletic department a unique and exciting experience."

Horton and the Ducks are coming off their first appearance in the NCAA Super Regional since the program's reinstatement in 2009. That Super Regional - which the Ducks hosted at PK Park in Eugene -- was also the eighth of Horton's head coaching career.

Oregon finished the 2012 campaign with the most single-season wins in program history (46-19). The Ducks' .708 winning percentage was the best for the program since the 1965 squad went 27-8-1 (.764). UO's third-place conference finish was also the best for the program since the 1978 team finished second in the Northern Division.

With Horton overseeing the pitching for the first time during his tenure at UO, Alex Keudell and Jimmie Sherfy combined to win seven All-American awards. Keudell was also voted the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year - a first for a Duck.

Since his first season as a NCAA Division I head coach at Cal State Fullerton in 1997, Horton has had 24 student-athletes receive All-American honors in addition to 103 Major League Baseball First-Year Player draft picks.

During his tenure with Cal State Fullerton, Horton compiled an overall record of 490-212-1 (.698) and oversaw six appearances to the College World Series. That postseason run included back-to-back berths to Omaha in 2006 and 2007 as well as 2003 and 2004.

"I hope to remain the coach of this growing program until I choose to retire," Horton added. "We have more work to do to obtain the goals of the players and coaches. The university, the community, along with our great donors and administration, deserve the best."