Dec. 4, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA head baseball coach John Savage and the University have agreed to a contract extension running through the 2012 season, athletic director Dan Guerrero announced this week.
Entering his fourth year as head coach, Savage has led UCLA to NCAA postseason appearances each of the last two seasons. Last spring, UCLA advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time since 2000. In addition, each of Savage's three recruiting classes has been ranked among the top-13 classes in the nation, as rated by Baseball America.
"John is deserving of this commitment by UCLA," Guerrero said. "He has established himself as one of the top teachers and recruiters in college baseball. John has built a solid foundation for this program, and we feel that the future of UCLA baseball is very bright with him in control."
"I am appreciative to Dan Guerrero for his continued support of our baseball program at UCLA," Savage said. "We are very excited for the future of UCLA baseball. We look forward to building upon our success as we work toward our goal of reaching the College World Series and bringing home a national championship."
Last season, UCLA won 19 of 23 games midway through the regular season, marking the team's best such stretch since 1997, the last year the Bruins played in the College World Series. The Bruins swept Stanford on the road for the first time since 1991 and recorded the program's first-ever three-game sweep at USC.
UCLA recorded five consecutive Pac-10 series victories in 2007 before posting a 14-10 conference mark. The Bruins swept the Long Beach Regional and finished their season with a 33-28 overall record.
In 2006, UCLA advanced to the Malibu Regional and finished the season with a 33-25 record. Savage and his squad tied a program-record as 12 Bruins were selected in the 2006 MLB Draft.
"John has established himself as one of the country's top coaches and has put this baseball program on track to succeed in the College World Series," said senior associate athletic director Ken Weiner, who supervises the sport.
Savage has also helped spur efforts to renovate Jackie Robinson Stadium, UCLA's home baseball facility since 1981. Currently under renovation, the stadium will receive a major-league quality field surface next month. Over the last two years, UCLA has installed over 1,000 chairback seats with cupholders and a state-of-the-art net behind home plate. Additional plans call for a new clubhouse, hall of fame, batting cage complex and stadium entryway.