Razorback baseball coach Dave van Horn has been signed to a new contract that will keep him in Fayetteville for at least 10 more years, the University of Arkansas announced Thursday.
Van Horn, the 2021 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, agreed to a new five-year agreement that includes five automatic one-year contract rollovers, that could extend his tenure at Arkansas through June 30, 2031. As part of the agreement, Van Horn will receive annual compensation of $1.25 million with scheduled increases to his base salary and additional incentive compensation based on the Razorbacks’ success on the field.
In 2021, Arkansas won the outright SEC regular season title for the first time since 1999 and won the SEC tournament for the first time in school history. The Razorbacks were ranked No. 1 throughout much of the season and earned the top national seed in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the super regional round.
“Dave Van Horn is Razorback baseball,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said in a statement. “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. As Coach Van Horn and I sat down after this past season, his number one priority was to have the long-term security that ensured he was our Head Baseball Coach into the next decade. Coach Van Horn’s new contract provides he and his family with that security and provides our passionate Razorback fan base with the comfort of knowing our baseball program remains in great hands for the foreseeable future.”
Entering his 20th season as head Hog, Van Horn has elevated Arkansas into one of the nation’s premier programs. He has led the Hogs to six College World Series appearances, 17 NCAA Tournament berths, two Southeastern Conference overall titles, six SEC Western Division championships and 750 wins and counting.
“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.”