Illinois State mens baseball coach Kristen Gillespie extended through 2024

Illinois State baseball head coach Steve Holm has signed a one-year contract extension that runs through 2024.

"Steve made it very clear in his first year as a head coach that he has a very high skill set and our young men responded to his coaching," Lyons said. "We expect good things to continue to happen at Duffy Bass Field."

Holm led the Redbirds to a 36-26 (14-7 MVC) record and helped them earn a share of the 2019 Missouri Valley Conference regular season title in his debut season as head coach. The 36 wins was a 14-win improvement than the year prior and the most for an Illinois State team since winning 39 in 2013. It was also the most wins for a first-year Redbird baseball head coach in program history.

The 'Birds earned an at-large NCAA Tournament berth in 2019 and were placed in the Louisville regional, defeating both Big Ten regular season champion Indiana and No. 7 ranked Louisville, before ultimately falling to Louisville in the first Illinois State appearance ever in a regional final. Louisville advanced to the Final Four of the College World Series where they were defeated by eventual champions No. 1 Vanderbilt, who ISU had also beaten earlier in the year in Nashville.

Illinois State athletics

November 12, 2019