Baddour Receives Two-Year Extension

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- University of North Carolina Chancellor James Moeser and the UNC Board of Trustees have given Director of Athletics Dick Baddour a two-year contract extension through the 2008-09 season.

Baddour is completing his ninth year as Director of Athletics. In those nine years, the Tar Heels have won a league-leading 49 Atlantic Coast Conference championships, eight more than Duke, which is second. This year, the Tar Heels tied Duke and Virginia for the ACC lead with five team titles.

Carolina is the only school in the nation that has placed teams in a football bowl game, the NCAA Men¹s Basketball Final Four, the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four and the NCAA Baseball College World Series in the last two seasons.

The Tar Heels have clinched a Top 10 spot nationally in the 2005-06 NACDA Cup and will be the highest finishing ACC school in the NACDA Cup for the seventh time in Baddour's nine years as athletics director. The NACDA Cup measures each school's participation and success in NCAA postseason play.

"Dick Baddour is a man of integrity who has led our athletic department for nine outstanding years," says Chancellor Moeser. "He is committed to fielding teams that demonstrate excellence in all aspects of University life. He continues to position Carolina as a national leader in issues such as anabolic steroids, the Leadership Academy and responsible corporate partnerships. UNC's teams are competitive at a high level within the ACC and nationally, while at the same time our student-athletes graduate at a level comparable to the rest of the student body. Throughout his tenure, our teams have been at or near the top in the ACC both competitively and academically. We are fortunate to have a leader who understands how athletics complement, yet not consume, our students' academic experience."

During Baddour's tenure as athletics director, the Tar Heels have won national championships in men¹s basketball, men¹s and women's soccer, and field hockey. In the last five years, the Tar Heels have won 20 individual NCAA titles in swimming, track and field and gymnastics.

Baddour's contract runs through the 2008-09 school year. It includes a base salary of $270,000 in 2006-07, $285,000 in 2007-08 and $295,000 in 2008-09.

"It is gratifying to know the Board of Trustees and Chancellor Moeser have confidence in the leadership of the Carolina Athletics program," says Baddour. "It is an indication of the talented student-athletes, coaches and staff who I am fortunate to work with. We are quite proud of all that UNC has accomplished competitively while staying true to the academic values of this great university. We¹ve done well, but there is plenty of room for us to improve. I look forward to continuing to work with the outstanding people in this department to meet those challenges."

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