Charleston Southern has signed head baseball coach Stuart Lake to a four-year contract extension, CSU athletic administration announced on Thursday.
Lake, who just completed his sixth season as the Bucs’ head coach, is third in CSU history with 134 wins. The Bucs are coming off a 30-win season in 2014, the most for the program since 2000.
“I would like to thank the CSU administration Dr. Jairy Hunter, Dr. Rick Brewer, and Hank Small for the commitment to me,” Lake said Thursday morning. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to build this program. I am excited about the future of CSU baseball.”
CSU’s 30 wins this season were the most in school history against an all-Division I schedule and included a win at then-No. 6 South Carolina. His deal is through the 2019 season. CSU does not disclose the financial terms of coaching contracts.
“The success of CSU’s Baseball program and the excitement of our fan base is directly related to the outstanding leadership of Coach Lake,” Dr. Rick Brewer, Vice-President for Student Affairs & Athletics said. “Stuart’s passion for the game and student-athlete development has significantly raised the expectations for our baseball program. Indeed, we expect to compete annually for Big South Conference championships and NCAA Tournament berths. The university community is pleased Coach Lake will continue to lead our program in the years ahead.”
Lake, the 2011 Big South Coach of the Year, has led the Bucs to consecutive third-place finishes in the conference’s South Division. He has also set the stage for a number of players to go on to play professionally. The Bucs’ Alex Tomasovich and Bobby Ison were taken in the first half of the 2014 MLB Draft in June.
Lake has also had a major impact on CSU Ballpark, spearheading fundraising for over a half-million dollars of improvements which have included lights, an alumni deck, lighted batting cages, and playing surface enhancements.