Curry re­ceives con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2023

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LIT­TLE ROCK — Vice Chan­cel­lor and Di­rec­tor of Ath­let­ics Chasse Conque an­nounced a con­tract ex­ten­sion for Lit­tle Rock head base­ball Coach Chris Curry. The ex­ten­sion will keep Curry in the Tro­jan dugout through the 2023 sea­son.

Curry re­cently com­pleted his fifth sea­son at the helm of the Tro­jan base­ball pro­gram, post­ing 120 vic­to­ries dur­ing his time in Lit­tle Rock. His teams have won 26 games or more in three of his five sea­sons, in­clud­ing the Tro­jans’ 29 vic­to­ries in 2019, its most since the 2010 sea­son.

“Coach Curry has done an out­stand­ing job re­vi­tal­iz­ing our base­ball pro­gram and tak­ing our level of play to new heights,” Conque said. “Dur­ing his time at Lit­tle Rock, his ball clubs have given us mem­o­rable mo­ments on the field and nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades in­clud­ing record suc­cess in the class­room. We are for­tu­nate to have Coach Curry and his staff lead­ing our pro­gram and look for­ward to even more suc­cess in the com­ing years.”

“I’m grate­ful to Chasse Conque and Chan­cel­lor An­drew Roger­son for be­liev­ing in what we’re build­ing here at Lit­tle Rock and their com­mit­ment to sup­port our pro­gram longterm,” Curry said. “The key to any suc­cess­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion is the cal­iber of peo­ple in it, and our coaches and play­ers are the best. We’re very ex­cited to be here in Lit­tle Rock and con­tinue build­ing a cham­pi­onship pro­gram.”

Dur­ing Curry’s ten­ure with the Tro­jans, Lit­tle

Rock has posted six vic­to­ries over top-25 op­po­nents, in­clud­ing three in 2019.

The Tro­jans top­pled ninthranke­d Arkansas 17-7 in Fayettevil­le, fol­lowed by 8-5 and 14-0 vic­to­ries over 24thranked Coastal Carolina two weeks later.

The 2019 sea­son was one of the most mem­o­rable in re­cent Tro­jan his­tory as Lit­tle Rock fin­ished third in

the Sun Belt with an 18-11 con­fer­ence mark, its most con­fer­ence wins in pro­gram his­tory. In ad­di­tion to the wins over ranked foes, Lit­tle Rock held the unique dis­tinc­tion of go­ing un­de­feated against fel­low in-state schools, go­ing 8-0 against the other four Nat­u­ral State Di­vi­sion I pro­grams.

The 2016 Sun Belt Con­fer­ence Coach of the Year, one of Curry’s pri­or­i­ties has been ad­vanc­ing to post­sea­son play as Lit­tle Rock has qual­i­fied for the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment in each of the past four sea­sons.

Un­der Curry’s tute­lage, seven Tro­jans have earned All-sun Belt Con­fer­ence hon­ors, in­clud­ing six first-team se­lec­tions.

Ad­di­tion­ally, seven Tro­jans have been drafted by Ma­jor League Base­ball pro­grams since he ar­rived in Lit­tle Rock, in­clud­ing a pair in both 2017 and 2019.

Curry’s suc­cess with the Tro­jans ex­tends be­yond the di­a­monds as Lit­tle Rock’s team aca­demics have im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly since his hir­ing. Lit­tle Rock has been named the Sun Belt’s Aca­demic Cham­pi­ons in both 2018 and 2019, while Ri­ley Pittman was named a sec­ond team COSIDA Google Cloud Aca­demic All-amer­i­can this past sea­son.

Com­ing off 57 wins over the past two sea­sons, ex­pec­ta­tions are high for Curry and his team head­ing into the 2020 sea­son. The Tro­jans will be­gin fall prac­tices in Oc­to­ber with the reg­u­lar-sea­son sched­ule ex­pected to be re­leased later this fall.


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