ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia today rewarded head baseball coach David Perno, who led the Diamond Dogs to a runner-up finish in the College World Series, with a new five-year, $2.25 million contract, athletics director Damon Evans said.
Perno will earn $450,000 per season over the next five years, taking the agreement through the 2013 campaign, Evans said. The new contract replaces a five-year agreement slated to run through 2011 worth just over $300,000 per year.
“We’re excited about the future of the Bulldog baseball program,” Perno said in a news release announcing the new contract. “I’m very pleased with the opportunity to be at Georgia and hope to be here a long time. The support we’ve received from our administration is very much appreciated.”
Perno, an Athens native, is one of just a dozen coaches to lead three teams to the College World Series in their first seven seasons as a head coach.
Perno was an infielder on the Bulldogs’ 1990 NCAA Championship squad, and he was an assistant coach for Georgia’s 2001 team that also won the SEC Championship. Since succeeding Ron Polk as head coach in 2002, Perno has led Georgia to the 2004, 2006 and 2008 College World Series, highlighted by a runner-up effort last month.
Perno was named 2004 National Coach of the Year by Baseball America and College Baseball Insider, when he led Georgia to a share of the SEC Championship and a third-place showing at the CWS. He was named SEC Coach of the Year in 2004 and again this year.