UIC Baseball Coach Mike Dee Earns Five-Year Contract Extension|
Aug. 9, 2013
CHICAGO - UIC Director of Athletics Jim Schmidt announced a five-year contract extension for UIC head baseball coach Mike Dee on Friday. The extension, pending University Board of Trustees approval, will keep Dee as the Flames' mentor through the 2018-19 season.
“We are very proud of what Mike (Dee) has accomplished during his time at UIC,” said Schmidt. “He has built a platform of success not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. “The baseball program has flourished under his leadership and I have confidence that it will continue to do so in the future.”
Entering his 16th season with UIC, Dee is longest tenured head coach in the Horizon League and has brought unparalleled success to the Flames’ baseball program. Since his arrival in 1999, Dee has captured 10 Horizon League regular season titles and four conference tournament crowns. He is an eight-time conference Coach of the Year recipient and has produced 74 All-Horizon League selections. He guided UIC to the NCAA Tournament on four separate occasions and racked up single wins in 2007 and 2008, becoming the only current league program to have multiple postseason victories.
“I am grateful and excited about the opportunity to continue to build this program for the next five years,” said Dee. “We are on the cusp of returning to a performance level we have come to expect. We are also excited about the new stadium and the benefits that will bring in recruiting, but as importantly in the area of training our players. We expect some great things in the near future.”
This past February, Dee and UIC Hall-of-Famer Curtis Granderson announced plans for the Curtis Granderson Stadium Project. The new multi-million dollar facility is set to break ground in early September and will serve as the anchor for a large-scale Chicago youth initiative. Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and Urban Youth Academy (UYA) programs will be chief partners for the project. University administration will also be involved to inject an educational component. The University Board of Trustees officially approved the project on May 30.
Dee came to UIC from the University of Minnesota where he spent 11 seasons as the Gophers’ pitching coach. He graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1979 and was a three-year letterwinner and a NAIA All-American.