Aug. 30, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head baseball coach Bob Todd has received a five-year contract extension that will carry him through the 2009 season, Tom Hof, the Ohio State associate athletics director who oversees the baseball program, announced Monday.

“We are excited to announce Bob Todd will remain at the helm of our baseball program,” Hof said. “He is a proven winner and leader and his team continues to be recognized nationally as one of the premier programs on and off the field.”

Todd, who began coaching the Buckeyes in 1988, has guided the Buckeyes to seven first-place finishes in the Big Ten and six Big Ten tournament titles in his 17 years in Columbus. The first four-time Big Ten coach of the year is the winningest coach in Ohio State history and boasts a 686-344-2 record (.666 winning percentage) and is 810-426-2 after his 21st season as a college coach, which includes a 124-84 record in four seasons at Kent State (1984-1987).

One of just two coaches to win 300 Big Ten games, Todd has guided the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament 10 times, including in 1999 and 2003, when Ohio State won regional championships and advanced to super regional play. Fifteen of Todd’s OSU players have earned All-America recognition, seven have won Academic All-America honors, 47 have been chosen First Team All-Big Ten and 62 have signed professional baseball contracts. Todd is a four-time nominee for national coach of the year and has twice served as an assistant coach for USA Baseball.

“Ohio State is a great institution and I am very happy to be a part of the family,” Todd, who was the first coach in Big Ten history to be named conference coach of the year, said. “I am glad (OSU athletics director) Andy Geiger has recognized the success we have had with the baseball program. He has supported Ohio State baseball and has been supportive of me and I appreciate that very much.”