Razorback baseball head coach Dave Van Horn signed a contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the program through 2031. The agreement comes after a record-breaking regular season in which the Diamond Hogs won 50 games.
The 2021 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year signed a five-year deal worth $1.25 million annually. The contract also includes an additional five automatic one-year rollovers which Van Horn can accept on a year-to-year basis. Another provision within the deal increases his base salary and additional incentive compensation based on the Razorbacks’ success on the field.
“Dave Van Horn is Razorback Baseball,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. “Since returning to campus almost 20 years ago to lead the OmaHogs, he has embodied what it truly means to be a Razorback: hard work, passion, loyalty and excellence.”
The 2021 Diamond Hogs won the SEC regular-season title for the first time since 2004, and won the SEC Tournament for the first time in the program’s history. The Razorbacks won 50 games, earned a unanimous No. 1 ranking for much of the season, and entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.
Arkansas hosted both a regional and super regional at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville during the postseason. The Hogs won a dramatic regional final over Nebraska only to fall in three games to North Carolina State and end their season in the super regional round.
Through 19 seasons as the Head Hog, Van Horn has become the second-winningest head coach in program history, with 750 wins. He has led the Razorbacks to six College World Series appearances, 17 NCAA Tournament berths, two SEC regular-season titles and six SEC Western Division championships.
Since his arrival in Fayetteville, Van Horn has elevated Arkansas to a national powerhouse that is considered a top-25 program year in and year out. His contract extension will likely keep the Diamond Hogs in the hunt for a national championship for years to come.
“I want to thank Hunter Yurachek and our administration for believing in me, and I’m looking forward to many more years leading our baseball program at the University of Arkansas,” Van Horn said. “I’m extremely proud of what we have accomplished so far, and I’m excited for the future as the coaches and players are working hard to bring a national championship to the best fans in college baseball.”