Baseball coach Prado gets new deal through 2014
USF has extended the contract of baseball coach Lelo Prado three years, keeping the Tampa native with the Bulls through the 2014 season.
Prado, who came to USF in 2006, has a 150-139 record in five seasons with the Bulls, though his teams have finished with losing records the last two seasons, failing to make the Big East tournament for the first time in 2011. USF opened its new baseball stadium this spring, and despite the lackluster success of the team, ranked among the national leaders in attendance thanks to excitement around the new facilities.
Prado's initial contract ended in July, though athletic director Doug Woolard had made it clear he intended to have Prado back for the 2012 season. Prado's compensation will remain the same as it was for the 2010-11 season, with a base salary of $99,679, plus $32,500 from USF's contracts with Louisville Slugger and Under Armour for a total compensation of $132,500 per year. The contract allows both sides to end the contract early, with USF paying Prado $50,000 per year if his contract is terminated early; Prado must pay $50,000 if he leaves before July 2012, with that buyout dropping to $25,000 until July 2013 and to zero in the final year of the contract.
Prado's team went 25-29 last season, with a pair of first-year assistants in hitting coach Chris Heintz (the former USF star and major-leaguer) and former Rays pitching coach Chuck Hernandez in the same capacity with the Bulls. Much of the team's success in 2012 may hinge on the healthy recovery of pitchers Andrew Barbosa, Derrick Stultz and Ray Delphey, who missed most or all of the 2011 season with injuries.