Florida reportedly agrees to extension with baseball coach Kevin O'Sullivan
Florida has agreed to a contract extension with head baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan that will keep the longtime skipper in Gainesville through 2033, according to multiple reports.
Nick de la Torre of Gators Online was first to report the news. The two sides came together on the new extension last month. O’Sullivan is entering his 17th season at the helm of the Gators program.
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the head baseball coach at the University of Florida, and I am excited to continue the challenge of bringing a National Championship back to Gainesville throughout the foreseeable future,” O’Sullivan said in a statement to Gators Online. “I want to thank our administration for their commitment and support of UF baseball, specifically to athletic director Scott Stricklin and deputy athletic director Chip Howard for the opportunity to continue to lead this elite program.
According to a corroborating report from Swamp247, O’Sullivan’s new deal carries with it an average annual salary increase from $1.22 million to $1.84 million, which will make him the SEC’s second-highest-paid coach.
Under O’Sullivan, Florida has enjoyed an incredible run of success. The Gators have made eight College World Series appearances, won six SEC championships, and claimed the national title in 2017.
O’Sullivan, a three-time SEC Coach of the Year and the 2017 Skip Bertman Award winner, ranks third among active Division I coaches with a .681 winning percentage. The 13 first-round MLB Draft picks that have come through his program since 2012 are also the second-most nationally.
Since his arrival in 2008, no college program has had more trips to the CWS, hosted more Super Regionals, or had more top-eight national seeds and NCAA Tournament bids than his Gators.
Florida has been transformed into one of the sport’s most consistent forces under O’Sullivan’s stewardship, and that looks like it will continue throughout the rest of the decade and into the 2030s.