Fox Signs Six-Year Contract

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox agreed to a six-year contract that runs through the 2014 season, Tar Heel director of athletics Dick Baddour announced today.

Fox is in his 11th year at Carolina and his 26th overall as a collegiate head coach. The 2008 National Coach of the Year has led the Tar Heels to three consecutive berths in the College World Series and an NCAA-best 165 wins from 2006-08.

Entering this season, Fox was second nationally among active coaches in winning percentage and 10th in wins. His current record, including 15 seasons at North Carolina Wesleyan, is 1,022-340-5, a winning percentage of .749 that is eighth-best all time.

In 11 years at Carolina, Fox is 482-199-1. A 1978 UNC graduate, he is one of six men to both play in and coach at one school in the College World Series.

"Mike has proven to be one of the elite coaches in the country and has built the Tar Heel baseball program into a consistent national contender," says Baddour. "Baseball coaches across the country are signing contracts more often than in past years, and we felt it was important to make this commitment to each other. We are so proud of what Mike has done with the baseball program, especially when you consider how competitive ACC baseball is each year. College baseball's profile continues to grow nationally and Mike has been a large part of that development."

Fox has coached at UNC beginning in 1999 on a series of one-year letters of appointment. The six-year contract stipulates a base salary for the current season of $160,000 and a $10,000 expense account. That increases to $164,800 and $20,000 in 2009-10 and $169,744 and $25,000 in 2010-11. The salary will then be reviewed on an annual basis after the third year of the contract.

Fox will receive an additional month of salary for each trip to the NCAA Tournament, NCAA Super Regional and College World Series and for the baseball team equaling or exceeding 960 in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.

Fox emphasizes strong academic commitment and community service. The NCAA recently ranked Carolina baseball tied for first with Northwestern in Academic Progress Rate among the six BCS Conferences. Over the past two seasons 12 Tar Heels have made the ACCs Academic Honor Roll and he has coached three ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III selections in the last five years.

"I am honored and privileged to be Carolina¹s head coach," says Fox. "UNC is a very special place. I enjoy working at a university that prides itself on the entire student-athlete experience and understands the true value of college athletics. I'm fortunate that Chancellor Thorp, Dick Baddour and the Board of Trustees have made this commitment to my family and me. I thank our players and assistant coaches for putting me in this position. I will continue to run a program that our university can be proud of."

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