Memphis Athletics officials have announced that the University and head baseball coach Daron Schoenrock have agreed to a four-year extension on Schoenrock's contract. The extension takes the contract through the 2017 season.
Schoenrock led the U of M to its third-straight 30-win season in 2013, a feat not accomplished since the 1993-1995 seasons. The Tigers were 35-24, the most wins since Schoenrock guided Memphis to a NCAA Regional in 2007, and picked up five wins against ranked opponents in 2013. Entering his 10th season as the skipper, Schoenrock will take the Tigers to a new league in 2014 as Memphis joins the American Athletic Conference.
"We are pleased to have Coach Schoenrock remain with the Tiger baseball team as we transition to the American Athletic Conference," said Athletics Director Tom Bowen. "Daron and his staff have built a strong foundation over the past nine seasons and we have seen continued improvement in his program. Given that the Tigers return so many veteran players for our first season in the American Conference, we anticipate their continued success."
In the last three seasons, Memphis has seen a player earned Player of the Year or Pitcher of the Year honors from the league office. In all, Schoenrock has seen six players earn First Team All-Conference Honors and 10 Second Team All-Conference selections.
Under Schoenrock, the success doesn't stop on the field as the student-athletes have excelled in the classroom as well. Since Schoenrock has taken over the program, 61 of 64 seniors have earned their degrees. The Tigers have posted a grade-point average above 3.0 in each of the last eight semesters and 10 of the last 12 semesters, dating back to the 2007 fall semester. In the fall of 2011, the student-athletes set a program best with a 3.328 GPA.
"I am very excited, thankful and humbled with the contract extension that was offered and accepted to keep myself and my family in Memphis for a longer tenure," Schoenrock said. "I think this extension speaks volumes to the support we have from the administration and coaching staff. We will continue to build this program and push the Tigers to Omaha."
Next season, Schoenrock will field a team that returns its entire everyday lineup. Three juniors and seven sophomores comprised the lineup for much of the 2013 season and each of those players will return next season. Schoenrock and his staff will replace two of the three weekend pitching rotation spots, as well as a couple of slots in the bullpen, due to the MLB Draft and graduation.
The Tigers begin their fifth season at FedExPark on Friday, Feb. 14. The full 2014 schedule will be released at a later time.