FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek has been questioned lately about Razorback Baseball’s head man not being extended or given a raise following the 2021 season. It looks like this deal was being made with tight lips, not letting a single word out. Have no fear, the GOAT will be at Arkansas for a long time.
The Razorback baseball team is coming off a memorable 2021 SEC Championship campaign under head coach Dave Van Horn. His new five year agreement will keep him at Arkansas for the next decade.
Fresh off a memorable 2021 championship season for Razorback Baseball, Dave Van Horn has signed a new employment agreement to extend his tenure as head baseball coach at the University of Arkansas for at least another decade. Van Horn will earn $1.25 million, with scheduled increases to his base salary and additional incentive compensation based on the Razorbacks’ success on the field.
The 2021 team recorded their first outright SEC regular season championship for the first time in school history. They were the third team in SEC history to win all ten of their conference series. The Diamond Hogs also won the SEC Tournament Championship for the very first time. All those accomplishments and also being ranked number one for the majority of the season earned them the number one overall seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
During the NCAA Tournament, Arkansas defeated NJIT and Nebraska to win the Fayetteville Regional and advance to host a super regional. Arkansas would go on to win the first game of the Fayetteville Super Regional against NC State 21-2. The Wolfpack would win the next two games to upset the Razorbacks and advance to the College World Series. With bonafide studs like Casey Martin and Heston Kjerstad leaving the program for the MLB, Van Horn exceeded expectations in what was a wild year in college baseball.
Van Horn has maintained the Razorback Baseball program as a juggernaut in college baseball. Also, he has helped turn Arkansas into a National brand that players across the states can recognize. In 19 seasons, Van Horn has led the Razorbacks to 17 NCAA Tournament berths, two SEC titles, six Western division titles, six trips to the College World Series and 750 wins (second most all-time).
The “GOAT” has helped elevate the level of which the Razorbacks are seen while coaching 29 All-Americans, 41 All-SEC players and a total of 111 players have been picked in the MLB Draft. He has led two Razorbacks, (Andrew Benintendi and Kevin Kopps), to the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, which are given each season to college baseball’s most outstanding player.