UNLV, baseball coach Chambers agree on 4-year extension


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

UNLV baseball coach Tim Chambers during a media availability day Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014

UNLV baseball coach Tim Chambers, fresh off leading the program to its first NCAA Regional appearance in nearly a decade, has agreed to a four-year contract extension, the university announced today.

Chambers, who was entering the final year of a five-year deal he signed in 2010 when he was hired, will be under contract through the 2019 season.

Financial terms weren’t released. He made $110,000 annually on the first contract. The new contract includes an incentive package to provide additional compensation based on academic and athletic success, according to UNLV.

“I am so happy to be the head coach of the UNLV baseball program and to be locked in for five more years,” Chambers said in a statement. “I appreciate the confidence the administration has in me and my coaching staff. We had a vision coming in four years ago and while we have had a tremendous amount of success, we still have some work to do and some goals to accomplish.”

Chambers is 132-101 in four seasons, leading UNLV this spring to the Mountain West regular season title and a NCAA Regional appearance for the first time since 2005. More important, attendance for home games has spiked.

Additionally, two UNLV pitchers were selected this month in the initial 100 picks of MLB’s First-Year Player Entry Draft. Erick Fedde went No. 18 overall to Washington, and John Richy went 98th to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“We are excited about the future of Rebel baseball with coach Chambers at the helm,” UNLV Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said in a statement. “Tim has done an outstanding job of putting together a great baseball program and one that we are all proud of. We had a great 2014 season and we are looking forward to many more years of success on and off the field.”

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