A source close to the University of Illinois’ athletic department has informed B1G Baseball the university will extend the contract of head baseball coach Dan Hartleb five years, with an official announcement from the university set for 4 p.m. Central.
During the best season in program history, Hartleb helped Illinois to a No. 6 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, guiding the program host its first ever NCAA regional, advancing to its first super regional. En route to a 50-10-1 season, Illinois enjoyed a nation-best 27-game winning streak and went 21-1 in Big Ten play to capture its second conference championship under Hartleb. The season concluded with nine Illini selected in the MLB Draft, a program record and third-most in the country.
The American Baseball Coaches Association’s Mideast Region Coach of the Year, and 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Hartleb has 326 career victories in his 10-year Illini tenure, leading to program to Big Ten champions in 2011 and 2015, to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Further details of Hartleb’s extension will follow as announced.