The University of Miami announced Tuesday that head baseball coach Jim Morris has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2018 season. The school also made another big announcement, naming longtime assistant coach Gino DiMare the head coach in waiting.
“Coach Morris has been a tremendous leader for our baseball program for many years and I will be honored to serve with him for another four,” DiMare said in a statement released by Miami. “I am profoundly humbled by the opportunity to take over such a storied program from a legend and I am confident that we will continue the proud Miami baseball tradition.”
Miami is coming off of once of its most successful seasons in recent memory, advancing to the championship game of the Coral Gables regional before losing to Texas Tech, which eventually made the College World Series. The Hurricanes had a 44-19 record this year and finished atop the regular season ACC Coastal Division standings.
“We are ecstatic that coach Morris has agreed to remain at the helm through the 2018 season,” Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement released by the school. “What Jim has built at Miami is unprecedented, and the success speaks for itself. This extension is well-earned.”
Morris took over at the helm for Miami in 1993, compiling a 931-380-3-career record in his 21 seasons while leading Miami to an NCAA-record 42 consecutive postseason appearances. Under Morris’s guidance Miami won two national titles in 1999 and 2001 and played in 11 College World Series in Morris's first 15 seasons.
“I am humbled and honored to continue to serve the University for four more years,” Morris said in the school’s statement. “We have had an outstanding run but there is more work to be done and more championships to be won. I want to thank President Shalala and Blake James for their belief in what we are doing and I am excited for Gino to get this opportunity.”
DiMare is entering his 16th season as an assistant with the Hurricanes after playing collegiately at UM and professionally with the Boston Red Sox organization. He’s overseen recruiting and also served as the hitting coach for many years.
Morris will attempt to get Miami back to Omaha for the first time since 2008, a six year drought that has led to some frustration among fans. However, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported a couple of weeks ago that the UM administration continues to have great confidence in Morris, pointing out that there are factors outside of his control. Those factors include UM’s high tuition rates, which hurts baseball recruiting and usually only allows for partial scholarships to be awarded.