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Christiansen signs new seven-year deal at Sac State

Sacramento State has rewarded baseball head coach Reggie Christiansen with a new seven-year contract, the school announced on Thursday.

In his nine years with the program, the Ferndale native has enjoyed plenty of success, posting his 400th career win late this past season.

Christiansen told the school’s web site, “We are excited to be a part of this for a long time.

“I had an opportunity to meet with President Nelsen and Mark (Orr) a week ago to discuss the state of the program, where we’re at, and what’s next. I walked out of that meeting convinced that President Nelsen and Mark are all in on helping us take the next step.

“That along with my family being really embedded in the community — we love it here — it was easy for us to further our commitment to Sacramento State.”

Christiansen was hired as an assistant coach at the school in 2009 by then head coach John Smith, and took over as head coach two years later.

In his time in charge of the program, the Hornets have won three WAC tournaments and have an overall record of 294-250 (.540), including winning at least 30 games in each of the last eight seasons, the only Division-I program in California to do so.

This week’s news comes after a sensational season that saw the Hornets reach the NCAA Regional tournament for the third time since 2014, winning seven straight elimination games in the process.

“The Hornet baseball program has grown year after year under coach Christiansen’s leadership,” Orr told the school’s web site. “He has demonstrated a tremendous ability to lead a team to the next level and we are committed to him, the team, and helping them advance as a program.”

Christiansen was also named the Hornets’ Coach of the Year earlier in the week.

Christiansen was in Eureka on Wednesday night to scout St. Bernard’s standout pitcher Nick Dugan, who will be a sophomore this fall.

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