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Ferndale coach among the most underrated in the nation

By Ray Hamill — Ferndale’s Reggie Christiansen is gaining national attention as a baseball coach, with Baseball America this week naming him one of the most underrated head coaches in NCAA Division-I.

The Sacramento State head coach, who has been in charge of the program for the past decade, has enjoyed tremendous success with the Hornets, leading them to eight straight 30-win seasons coming into this spring.

And that success is winning over plenty of admirers.

In a survey of 90 head coaches, Baseball America lists Christiansen as the fifth most underrated coach among the 301 Division-I programs in the nation.

Rutgers’ Steve Owens was no. 1 on the list, followed by Notre Dame’s Link Jarrett, Connecticut’s Jim Penders and Christiansen.

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The Ferndale native has molded the Hornets into one of the most consistently competitive baseball programs on the West Coast, qualifying for the NCAA tournament in three of the past six years.

Late last year, Christiansen posted his 400th career victory.

In June he signed a new seven-year deal with the school.

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