Contract renewed for head baseball coach

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    Head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle received a new contract, with a few changes, that extends through 2016, he said.

    “I certainly want to stay here for as long as they’ll let me be the coach,” Schlossnagle said.

    Schlossnagle said that he had a meeting with Athletic Director Chris Del Conte and Chancellor Victor Boschini after his return from Omaha and the Horned Frogs College World Series run.

    Del Conte said he and Boschini both agreed that giving Schlossnagle a new contract was an easy choice to make.

    “We wanted to make sure he was a part of our family for a long time,” Del Conte said.

    Schlossnagle has been the head coach of the Horned Frog baseball program since 2003. In the seven years Schlossnagle has served as head coach, he has taken the program to seven consecutive conference championships and postseason appearances.

    Del Conte said that looking at the athletic performance of the baseball team, it is clear that the team has continued to improve every year.

    FTDM professor Chuck LaMendola, who also acts as the play-by-play announcer for baseball games, said that Schlossnagle has set up the program to be successful year in and year out.

    “He built the program; he didn’t just build the team,” LaMendola said.

    Schlossnagle is now under contract through 2016, which is also the year that contracts for football head coach Gary Patterson and Boschini will end. Both Schlossnagle and Del Conte said that this was purposefully done in order to tie everything to the chancellor.

    “Our coaching staff feels strongly about our chancellor,” Del Conte said. “We feel like as long as he [Boschini] is here, we want to be here,”

    Del Conte said knowing that Schlossnagle is a permanent fixture in the baseball program for at least the next six years will reassure future Horned Frog baseball players.

    Over his next six years as head coach, Schlossnagle said he would like to continue to improve the baseball program as well as game attendance and the number of season ticket holders.