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Softball coach Eriksen now signed through 2013

USF softball coach Ken Eriksen, trying to lead the Bulls to an NCAA regional for the sixth time in seven years, signed a new contract in February that gives him a substantial raise and will keep him under contract at his alma mater through the 2013 season.

"Coach Eriksen embodies so many of the great qualities of our University and athletics department," athletic director Doug Woolard said in a statement. "He is truly a Bull and is one of the very best coaches in college softball. We look forward to the continued growth and success of the program under his direction."

USF (33-21, 12-10 in Big East) opens play in the Big East tournament on Thursday, where the fifth-seeded Bulls will face fourth-seeded Syracuse. The Bulls likely need a strong showing in Louisville to earn an at-large berth to the NCAAs, though three wins would give them a first-ever Big East tournament title and an NCAA automatic berth.

Eriksen's deal, signed two weeks into the 2009 season, will pay him a base salary of $83,600 and keeps a buyout clause to guard against him leaving for another program. If Eriksen were to leave USF before June 30, for instance, he would have to pay back a full year's salary, with the buyout gradually dropping to $30,000 in the final year of the contract. The base salary is up 35 percent from the $62,000 base salary he was paid as part of a five-year contract signed in June 2005.

The contract, which keeps a $450 monthly car allowance from the previous contract, also retains many incentives for postseason success -- a regular-season Big East title such as the one USF won in 2008 would result in a $5,000 bonus, as would a trip to the NCAA regionals. Making the super regionals and the College World Series would each merit a bonus of $7,500, and additional incentives include winning conference or national coach of the year.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:23pm]

    

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