SEATTLE – After leading the Washington Baseball team to one of its best seasons in history, coach Lindsay Meggs was rewarded with a six-year contract extension, announced Huskies’ Athletic Director Scott Woodward.
“Personally, and on behalf of my staff, I’d like to thank Scott Woodward and the University of Washington for continuing to invest in Husky Baseball,” said Meggs. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead this program for the next six years and beyond, and I’m also excited that our entire coaching staff will return next year intact.
“I have always maintained that our success as a baseball program depends on our relationships. And it’s exciting for me to come to work every day knowing that the University of Washington has the same goals that we do as a program, and that is to get to Omaha and to be the last team standing.”
Meggs guided the team to a record of 41-17-1 (21-9 in Pac-12) in his fifth season. It was the fifth time in UW history the Huskies achieved 40 or more wins; the first time since 2003. The team reached its highest rankings in school history, checking in at fifth in the Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball polls during the season.
For his efforts, Meggs was named the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. After being picked 10th out of 11 teams in the pre-season coaches poll, Meggs led the Huskies to a second-place finish in the Conference, their best Pac-12 finish since 2004. It was the second most league wins in school history and the most since the north and south merged in 1999.
Meggs returned the Huskies to NCAA post-season action for the first time in a decade. The Huskies ended up 2-2 at the Oxford Regional, being eliminated by host and eventual College World Series participant Ole Miss, who beat UW twice in a pair of one-run games.
A total of four players earned All-Conference honors and four were named to the 10-man All-Defensive Team, including Defensive Player of the Year Erik Forgione. The success on the field led to a school-record eight players getting selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.
Meggs has a five-year record of 140-139-1 at Washington. He has amassed a career record of 755-446-5 in 21 overall seasons of coaching.