Coach Sam Piraro signs 2 year contract extension!

Sam Piraro, the winningest coach in San Jose State University baseball history, has accepted a two-year contract extension. Tom Bowen, the Spartans' director of athletics, made the announcement.

San Jose, Calif.----- Sam Piraro, the winningest coach in San Jose State University baseball history, has accepted a two-year contract extension.

Tom Bowen, the Spartans' director of athletics, made the announcement.

Piraro's new contract runs through the 2008 season.

The 1975 San Jose State graduate completed his 18th on-the-field season as head coach and 31st in college coaching in 2005. His San Jose State teams have finished with a .500 or better winning percentage 15 times. The two-time Western Athletic Conference "Coach of the Year" led the Spartans to the WAC's West Division crown in 1997 and a share of the conference's regular-season championship in 2000.

Piraro is the school's only coach to take the Spartans to two NCAA Championship appearances and the only field leader to direct the team to a College World Series appearance. San Jose State, which had not competed in NCAA Championship action since 1971, advanced to the 2000 College World Series and returned to NCAA post-season competition in 2002.

"I am very pleased and honored by this gesture. Under the leadership of President (Don) Kassing and Director Bowen, San Jose State University has been making strong commitments to athletics," says Piraro, whose on-the-field head coaching record with the Spartans is 587-443-5.

"Our program has a solid foundation. Our recruiting has been energized and we are looking forward to addressing some baseball facility enhancements. I anticipate our team being very successful in the coming years. I think all Spartan fans should be exited by the direction that both Don and Tom have taken."

"We are delighted Sam Piraro has accepted the university's offer to remain as the baseball coach. Sam's return to college baseball coaching in 2004 was uplifting to all who know him. Spartan baseball is on the right track as we continue to build out our theme of ‘a culture of champions.' Sam Piraro is a champion as evidenced by his years of consistent winning on the field, his leadership nurturing the lives of young men and his commitment to family values," says Bowen.


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