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Morris gets contract extension at Miami
Coral Gables, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of Miami Hurricanes have come to terms on a three-year contract extension with head baseball coach Jim Morris. The deal runs through the 2018 season.
At the end of the term, longtime assistant coach Gino DiMare will take over for Morris as head coach.
The 64-year-old Morris has been the coach of the baseball team since November 1993 and has led the Hurricanes to over 900 victories in his 21 seasons with the program. He has guided Miami to 21 consecutive appearances in the NCAA postseason and 11 trips to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Miami's college-baseball record 42 straight postseason appearances is the longest active streak for any Division I sports program in the country.
"We are ecstatic that Coach Morris has agreed to remain at the helm through the 2018 season," said athletics director Blake James. "What Jim has built at Miami is unprecedented, and the success speaks for itself. This extension is well earned."
Morris, who is fourth among active Division I coaches in career wins, has been named National Coach of the Year three times. Over his career, Morris has guided the Hurricanes to a 931-388-3 record. That includes College World Series championships in 1999 and 2001. Prior to that, Morris guided Georgia Tech's baseball team from 1982-93 and compiled a 504-244-1 mark with the Yellow Jackets.
DiMare is entering his 16th season as an assistant at Miami.
"Gino possesses all of the ingredients of successful head coaches," James added. "I have no doubt that he will continue to bring conference and national championships to Coral Gables. As Jim leads our program through 2018, we have a plan in place for a smooth transition and continued excellence, and I couldn't be happier that Gino will be our next head baseball coach."
06/24 20:03:55 ET