Coming off a school-record 45-victory season, the University of Kentucky has signed Coach Gary Henderson to a new five-year contract.
The announcement, made by Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, precedes a 3 p.m. press conference.
The deal is worth about $2.1 million, including $75,000 a year in endorsements.
Henderson’s salary by year would be $325,000, then $340,000; $355,00; $375,000, and $375,000.
Incentives include: two months salary if the Cats win an SEC regular-season or tournament championship; one month salary for NCAA post-season participation; a month-and-a-half salary for reaching NCAA Super Regional play; and two months salary for reaching the College World Series.
In addition, if the baseball team achieves a .950 academic progress rate or better in any academic year, Henderson will earn a performance supplement of $2,500.
Assistant coaches Brad Bohannon and Brian Green also have signed new contracts. Bohannon is UK’s recruiting coordinator and third-base coach. Green is the Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and hitting coach.
“It was very important to me that we were able to keep Brad Bohannon, Brian Green and (volunteer assistant) Keith Vorhoff on my staff,” Henderson said. “My three assistants have tremendous passion, energy, intelligence and work ethic. The continuity of our staff has been a program strength, and I appreciate Mitch’s efforts to help with that continuity.”
Bohannon’s contract, through 2014, is worth $145,000 a year, plus incentives.
Green’s deal, also through 2014, is for $155,00, plus incentives.
Henderson served as associate head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator from 2004-08 under John Cohen. Henderson took over as head coach in 2009.
Henderson was named Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year, having led the Cats to a third-place finish in the regular season. UK led the league for a school-record eight of 10 weeks and won seven SEC series.
UK also was ranked No. 1 in the country for three weeks and finished the year being nationally ranked for 13 consecutive weeks.
After the season, a school-record nine players were selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
UK’s 2013 roster has an NCAA-leading eight players now performing in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
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