April 10, 2012
Director of athletics Joel Maturi announced today that the University of Minnesota has agreed to terms on a contract extension with head baseball coach John Anderson through the 2016 season.
"We're pleased to announce that we have come to a long-term agreement with Coach Anderson," Maturi said. "There is no one more deserving of this than John. Not only is he the winningest coach in the Big Ten, the manner in which he runs his program is remarkable. The athletic experience as well as how he prepares student-athletes for life after athletics is special and we are thankful that they will continue to benefit from his leadership."
Currently in his 31st year as the Golden Gopher head coach and 34th overall at Minnesota, Anderson is the winningest baseball coach in the Big Ten, sitting at 1,080-715-3 and a 485-279 record against Big Ten opponents. Inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2008, Anderson has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 2010. Under Anderson's guidance since 1982, the Gopher baseball team has made 17 NCAA tournament appearances, won nine Big Ten Tournament titles and nine first-place Big Ten regular season crowns (four in divisional play and five in non-divisional play). In 2010, the Gophers won the Big Ten regular season and tournament championship, was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year and Mideast Coach of the Year as the Gophers played in the NCAA Tournament.
"It's been an honor and privilege to serve this great University and its tradition rich baseball program for the past 35 years as an assistant and head coach," Anderson said. "I am excited, as the leader of the program that I will have an opportunity for another five years to continue our mission of educating and preparing our student-athletes for the next 50 years of their lives. More importantly, this extension allows me to continue my fundraising work to help build a new ballpark on campus that remains a critical need for the program. My number one goal over the next five years is to leave the program in better shape than when I became the head coach in 1981 and to position it so the next generation of Gopher baseball players can create more special success stories on and off the diamond of play at the University of Minnesota."
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