RALEIGH — N.C. State’s best baseball season in 45 years netted coach Elliott Avent a raise and contract extension.
Avent’s annual guaranteed salary surged to $473,000 per year, according to the contract that was approved Friday by the university’s Board of Trustees.
Last season Avent, 57, led the Wolfpack to its first trip to the College World Series since 1968. The Wolfpack won a school-record 50 games in Avent’s 17th season at his alma mater. He also has several new bonuses in his contract, which was extended by five years and runs through the 2018 season.
A return to the College World Series would be worth $30,000. A runner-up finish in Omaha, Neb., would be worth $65,000 and a national title $90,000. Avent also will receive a $10,000 bonus for winning the ACC regular season and $15,000 for winning the ACC tournament.
Avent’s contract also includes two bonuses for being named the coach of the year by the ACC ($15,000) and nationally ($25,000) by Baseball America or the American Baseball Coaches Association.
In addition to the bonuses, there’s an automatic one-year extension in Avent’s contract if N.C. State reaches the Super Regional round in 2014 and a two-year extension if the Wolfpack returns to the CWS.
N.C. State, 50-16 last season, returns star pitcher Carlos Rodon and shortstop Trea Turner for the 2014 season and will be one of the favorites in the ACC and nationally.