Baddour's Contract Extended Three Years

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Director of Athletics Dick Baddour has agreed to a three-year contract extension. The University's Board of Trustees today (March 26) unanimously approved the extension.

Baddour is in his 12th year directing UNC's 28-sport program. The Goldsboro, N.C., native has worked at his alma mater since 1967. During his tenure as director of athletics, the Tar Heels have won 10 national championships, 60 Atlantic Coast Conference championships - 11 more than any other school - and finished first among ACC schools in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Directors' Cup nine times (The Directors' Cup measures National Collegiate Athletic Association post-season success for all sports). Carolina has finished in the top 10 in the Directors' Cup eight times in the last 11 years.

The Tar Heels have had the third-highest number of student-athletes on the ACC Honor Roll, fared well in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate and graduate more than 70 percent of student-athletes. Baddour also established the Carolina Leadership Academy, now a national model, and has a zero tolerance stance against performance-enhancing substances.

Baddour's contract extension runs through June 30, 2012. His current salary, $295,000, remains unchanged and is funded by athletic department revenues. He is eligible for additional compensation should the baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball and football teams qualify for NCAA postseason play and if the University's Academic Progress Rate for student-athletes meets approved standards.

"Dick Baddour runs a great athletics department, and he does it within the context of the University's academic mission," said Chancellor Holden Thorp. "He understands our values and makes it clear to our coaches and student-athletes that academic priorities come first and winning is never placed ahead of institutional integrity."

Baddour said he had been honored to serve the University for 42 years.

"My family and I are grateful for the continued support of Chancellor Thorp and the Board of Trustees," he said. "I am blessed to work with a wonderful staff of administrators who have tremendous respect for our University. Our student-athletes are impressive in many ways and inspire us to do great things.

"We are fortunate to have strong support from the University community, including the faculty and administrative staff. Our alumni, Rams Club, students and fans share a deep passion for Carolina athletics and with everyone's support we will continue to build upon the traditions we love so much."

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