EUGENE — Oregon has offered a contract extension to baseball coach George Horton, making it likely that Horton will return for a 10th season and another shot at the College World Series.
Two sources confirmed the negotiations to The Register-Guard. The Ducks finished 30-25 in the final year of Horton’s existing deal, which is set to expire in September. The new deal is expected to extend his contract through at least 2019 at a salary less than the $540,000 he earned this season.
Horton, 63, has a record of 810-432-2 in 20 seasons as an NCAA Division I coach, including a mark of 320-220-1 at Oregon. He led Cal State Fullerton to six College World Series appearances, including a national title in 2004, and was hailed as a home run hire when the Ducks chose him to relaunch their baseball program in 2009.
Horton made Oregon competitive almost immediately, taking the Ducks to the NCAA Tournament in their second season. Oregon advanced to the super regionals in 2012 and won 48 games the next season before losing to Rice in an NCAA regional.
After four consecutive postseason appearances, the Ducks have missed the NCAA Tournament the past two years while posting losing records in the Pac-12. This year’s team started out 23-8 but lost 17 of its final 24 games to finish eighth in the Pac-12.
Horton’s existing deal, signed five months after Oregon’s super regional appearance in 2012, included an annual base salary of $200,000 and an annual salary supplement of $250,000. Horton also received a bonus tied to ticket sales, guaranteed to be at least $50,000 in the first year of the deal and increasing by $10,000 each season.
— The (Eugene) Register-Guard