South Carolina baseball coach Tanner gets extension
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - University of South Carolina baseball coach Ray Tanner has received a contract extension that will keep him at the school through the 2015 season.
The pact, which will pay Tanner $510,000 a year, was approved by the university's board of trustees on Friday.
The 52-year-old guided the Gamecocks to the 2010 College World Series title as they became the first school to ever win six consecutive games en route to the national championship, the first men's crown in South Carolina history.
It was the school's fourth appearance in the CWS under Tanner, who also guided teams to Omaha in three straight seasons from 2002-04.
South Carolina is one of only six schools to have reached the Super Regionals in eight of the last 11 years and one of just eight schools to have made it to the NCAA Regionals in each season since 2000 with Tanner at the helm.
"A major theme in the athletics department has been to recognize excellence," said athletic director Eric Hyman. "Our goals have been to battle for championships and to be a nationally prominent program. We want to recognize coach Tanner and the high level of excellence the University of South Carolina baseball team has achieved in all areas -- on the field, in the classroom and in the community -- by extending his contract."
The Gamecocks are 634-282 in 14 seasons under Tanner, who recorded his 1,000th career win during the 2010 campaign. He is 1,029-455-3 in 23 seasons at North Carolina State and South Carolina.
10/08 16:25:28 ET