Hartleb Signs 5-Year Extension with Illinois Baseball


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A record-setting season earned longtime Illinois baseball coach Dan Hartleb a long extension.

Wednesday, Athletic Director Mike Thomas announced the extension, which keeps Hartleb at the helm through the 2020 season. The contract is pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval.

“I’m excited about where Dan and his staff have our baseball program, which is on top of the Big Ten and among the nation’s best,” Thomas said in a statement from the university. “Dan is committed to developing our student-athletes into fine young men, on and off the field, and sets a great example with his tireless work in the community. We all look forward to the future of Fighting Illini Baseball under Dan’s leadership.”

Hartleb completed his 10th season as head coach at Illinois and 25th season on the Illini coaching staff in 2015.

This past season, the Illini set program records in a number of categories, including wins (50), winning streak (27), team ERA (2.55), strikeouts (449), and won their first-ever regional championship.

Hartleb ranks among the winningest coaches in school history, as he is currently third with 326 career victories. He has won a pair of Big Ten titles (2011, 2015) and owns a conference record of 151-108.

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