Dave Van Horn gets contract extension and pay raise

FAYETTEVILLE (NWAOnline.com) — Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn was given a contract extension and pay raise Friday.

Van Horn, who is in his ninth season with the Razorbacks, will have his contract rolled over annually through the 2020 season as part of the new agreement.

The Arkansas coach will make $561,000 this year and each of the next two seasons. That will increase to $609,000 in the 2013-14 school year.

"There is not another university in the country where I'd rather be than the University of Arkansas," Van Horn said in a statement. "For (athletics director) Jeff Long and the administration to have confidence in me and to offer me a new agreement, I think is special. Very rarely does someone have an opportunity to coach at their alma mater and have the chance to be there for the long term. I'm excited about that. I know my family is as well. We love the University of Arkansas and the state of Arkansas."

Van Horn is 347-190 at Arkansas, leading the Razorbacks to the College World Series in the 2004 and 2009 seasons. He spent five seasons at Nebraska prior to his time at Arkansas, taking the Cornhuskers to back-to-back College World Series appearances in his last two years at the school.

The Razorbacks skipper has won 932 career games as a head coach. In addition to the on-field success, the new agreement also includes increased incentive compensation based on academics, according to a release.

"Dave Van Horn is not only an outstanding baseball coach but an outstanding leader of young men," Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said in a statement. "We are pleased that this new agreement will ensure his place at the University of Arkansas for many years to come. Dave has been instrumental in the growth and the tremendous success of Razorback Baseball. He is committed to the long-term success of the baseball program and the continued development of Razorback student-athletes on and off the field. I am proud to have him as a member of our team."

Arkansas (28-11, 9-9 SEC) is currently tied for first place in the SEC West. The No. 16 Razorbacks will face Georgia in a three-game series this weekend.

Van Horn is the third head coach in Arkansas' three major sports to receive a new contract in the last five months. Razorbacks basketball coach Bobby Petrino was signed to a long-term deal worth $3.56 million annually in December, and new basketball coach Mike Anderson was hired last month to a contract worth $2.2 million each year.