Leggett, who has served as head coach for 18 seasons (1994-11), signed a contract that will run through the 2016 season. It represents a two-year extension from his previous contract.
"We have been working on a new contract for Coach Leggett since the end of the 2010
season," said Phillips. "We are pleased with the job Coach Leggett has done with
this program. Seventeen NCAA Tournament appearances in 18 years, six College World
Series appearances, and the only two Final Four finishes in the program's history
document his level of consistent excellence.
"The young men he has brought to the program have been outstanding student-athletes
who have represented the program with distinction."
Leggett has an 812-376-1 (.683) record in 18 seasons as head coach at Clemson. The
812 wins, over 45 per season, are second-most in school history, behind only the
late Bill Wilhelm (1,161), who selected Leggett as his replacement in the early
1990s. Leggett's 812 wins, 215 of which have been against top-25 ranked teams, are
sixth-most in the nation during his tenure at Clemson. Only Florida State, Wichita
State, Rice, Cal State Fullerton, and Miami (FL) have more victories from 1994
through the 2011 season.
"I'm very excited being here at Clemson," said Leggett. "This is where my heart
lies. We have had many great moments, but we have some unfinished business that
we're striving for. Many great players and coaches have come through and I want to
continue building upon the strong program here at Clemson. I can't wait to get to
work on the 2012 season."
Clemson is 65-39 (.625) in NCAA Tournament play under Leggett, including a 40-9
record (.816) in home NCAA Tourney games. Leggett has taken Clemson to the NCAA
Tournament 17 times in 18 years, including six of the program's 12 trips to the
College World Series. Leggett has also taken the Tigers to a super regional nine
times in the 13 years that the format has been in existence.
In 2011, the three-time ACC Coach-of-the-Year moved into the top 20 in career wins
as a head coach at a Division I school. His 1,189 career victories in 32 seasons as
a head coach are 15th-most in Division I history and sixth among active coaches.
Leggett signs five-year extension
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