November 11, 2011

Pacific Extends The Contracts Of Goethals, Graham, Kolze And Sprague

University of the Pacific Vice President of External Relations and Athletics Ted Leland has announced the contract extensions of four Tiger head coaches. Brandon Goethals (Men’s Golf), James Graham (Men’s Water Polo), Brian Kolze (Softball) and Ed Sprague (Baseball) have each had their contracts extended at least three years from the end point of their current contracts.

“We have an exceptional group of coaches that I am looking forward to working with over the next several years,” said Leland.

Goethals is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Pacific Golf program.  During his tenure, Goethals led his team to the NCAA Regionals in 2011, just missing the cut to make the NCAA Championships rounds. His team has finished runners-up at the Big West tournament each of the last three seasons.  The 2010-11 season also saw a historic performance by the Goethals led Tigers as Pacific took home its own Pacific Invitational title by a whopping 19 strokes to finish -25. The Tigers shot 827 through the three-day tournament, shattering the previous tournament record by 15 strokes. Goethals’ contract now extends through June of 2015.

"I'm very appreciative and thankful that Pacific understands what we are building here with the golf program," said Goethals. "I look forward to continuing the process."

In his fourth year as head coach of Pacific’s men’s water polo team, Graham has returned the Tigers to national prominence. Under his watch, Pacific has ascended to as high as fourth in the Collegiate Water Polo Association poll and has made back-to-back trips to the MPSF Tournament. Graham has coached Pacific to 51 wins, has had the program ranked as high as No. 4 and has had three Tigers earn All-America honors. Graham’s contract has been extended through June of 2015.

"It is a great feeling to have the University recognize the progress we are making in the pool," said Graham. "I have forged a lot of great relationships here at Pacific, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to continue taking the water polo program to new heights in the upcoming years."

The dean of the Big West coaches, Kolze is in his 20th season at the helm of Pacific softball.  The four-time Big West coach of the year, Kolze guided his team to its first-ever Big West championship in 2011. Kolze has led his Tigers to eight NCAA appearances, the most recent appearance coming in 2011.  Kolze will enter his 20th season on the verge of his 600th career win as he has posted a 580-485-1 (.545) overall record during his tenure. Kolze’s contract now runs through the 2015 season.

“In my 20th year at Pacific I am extremely honored and proud that Dr. Leland and the administration has shown confidence in myself, the entire softball staff and the student-athletes of this program,” said Kolze. “We are very proud of what we have accomplished in the past both in the Big West Conference as well as nationally. This contract extension shows that there is confidence that this program and its athletes are doing things the right way on the field, in the classroom and in our community.”

Sprague is entering his ninth year with Pacific Baseball. The Stockton native took over the hometown program after a 12-year Major League career and has guided the Tigers to 179 wins. In 2005 and 2006, his Tigers posted back-to-back seasons with 30 or more wins for the first time in program history. In 2010, the Tigers set a school record for wins in a season with 31 and received votes in the national polls. Sprague's contract has been extended through June of 2017.

“I’m excited to continue at Pacific and continue to grow the program,” said Sprague. “We’ve made a lot of progress in the last few years, but we’re not where we need to be and I want to be a part of that process.”