Less than two weeks after finishing as the College World Series runner-up to champion Oregon State, Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn has announced he has agreed to a contract extension.
Van Horn has coached the Razorbacks since 2003 and just finished his 16th season as coach of the Razorbacks, compiling a 643-364 record at Arkansas.
During that time, he has managed Arkansas to five College World Series appearances, 14 NCAA Tournament berths, one Southeastern Conference overall title, three SEC Western Division championships.
Twenty Razorbacks have been named All-Americans, 34 All-SEC players and 101 players have been selected in Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft.
He became the second active SEC head coach with more than 600 or more victories at their current school, and his current mark trails his predecessor Norm DeBriyn’s 1161 wins.
Across 24 seasons at the Division I level with Nebraska and Northwestern State, Van Horn has compiled a 963-523 record.
This season, he coached the Razorbacks to their most successful team since DeBryin’s 1979 Razorbacks, becoming the runner-up in the College World Series.
Arkansas was one out away from the program’s first national title when a ball in foul territory landed in a Bermuda Triangle of Razorbacks with senior second baseman Carson Shaddy overrunning the ball, while first baseman Jared Gates and right fielder Eric Cole looked on.
Oregon State would tie the game and eventually win the game.
The momentum seemed to go the other way with that pop up, leaving a game three, which the Beavers won, shutting out the Hogs in a 5-0 for the title.
Van Horn’s deal is reported to include options for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
His current contract ends after the 2021 season, with an annual base salary of $775,000.