The 49ers have extended the contract of baseball coach Loren Hibbs through the 2018 season. Hibbs will begin his 22nd season with the 49ers next spring.
"I consider it a privilege to work at UNC Charlotte and have done my best to represent this institution and our athletic department in a positive manner over the years,” said Hibbs in a statement. “I appreciate the continued confidence in my ability to lead this program from (Chancellor) Dr. (Philip) Dubois, the Board of Trustees, (athletics director) Judy Rose and (associate athletics director) Darin Spease.”
Under Hibbs, the 49ers have averaged 31 victories per season and have played in the NCAA tournament five times. With 669 victories, Hibbs is Charlotte's leader in all-time victories.
Hibbs turned down an offer in June to discuss the coaching vacancy at his alma mater of Wichita State.
Hibbs is just two years away from becoming the longest tenured coach in Charlotte history.
Longest tenured coaches in Charlotte 49ers history
Floyd Kerr, Golf – 23 years (1969-92)
Penny Brawley, Women’s Tennis – 22 years (1979-2000)
Loren Hibbs, Baseball – 21 years (1992-present)
David Hall, Cross Country– 20 years (1981-2000)