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Clemson approves extension on Monte Lee's contract

Clemson University’s Board of Trustees Compensation Committee officially approved Clemson head baseball coach Monte Lee a contract extension on Thursday that will run the life of the deal through 2023.

Lee’s extension jumps the contract back to a six-year deal. Based on the contract, his salary this year will remain $450,000 — an automatic jump up from $400,000 last year.

The deal is worth $2.85 million over the life of the contract.

“We wanted to recognize the good success that he has had and make sure that Monte stays here,” Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “He is happy with us and we are incredibly happy with him.”

Lee’s total base plus supplemental is $450,000 for 2017-2018, $460,000 for 2018-2019, $460,000 for 2019-2020, $480,000 for 2020-2021, $500,000 for 2021-2022 and $500,000 for 2022-2023.

His contract will automatically be extended one year with an appearance to the College World Series.

“The market is important to us,” Radakovich said. “I would probably say Monte is in the top half or the top quarter of the Atlantic Coast Conference. We want to make sure to keep the salary competitive. There are some bench marks that we need to continue to hit as a baseball program. But right now, given the success of the first couple of years, we wanted to make sure that we extended it a year and as things go on, if we need to make some salary adjustments for the market, we will look to do that.”

Since coming to Clemson in June of 2015 Lee, who is 40 years old, has wasted little time in adding to the Tigers’ rich baseball history. In his first two seasons, he has accumulated an 86-41 (.677) record. His 86 wins are tied for 12th most in the nation during that time period.

“I’m extremely appreciative for the support of our administration, including Dan Radakovich, president (Jim) Clements and the Board of Trustees,” said Lee in a statement. “We’ve had two great years at Clemson and are excited to continue to build upon the achievements in future seasons.”

Clemson is one of just eight programs in the nation with 42-plus wins in each of the last two years and one of 13 programs in the country with 40-plus wins. Lee is also 37-29 against ACC teams and 9-4 against SEC teams.

A total of 14 Tigers have been drafted 15 times, as one Tiger was drafted twice, and one Tiger has signed as a free agent during his two seasons as well.

The BOT also approved the creation of a Director of Player Development for baseball. Clemson will officially announce who will fill that role on Friday.

Lee’s contract also includes the following bonuses:

Season Ticket sales > 2,500 is worth $15,000

Top 10 National Ranking in season is worth $15,000

$2,500 for each ACC Tournament win

ACC Championship is worth $10,000

NCAA Regional host is worth $10,000

NCAA Regional win is worth $5,000 (limit 3)

NCAA Super Regional appearance is worth $5,000

NCAA Super Regional win is worth $10,000

CWS appearance is worth $5,000

CWS win is worth $10,000

CWS title is worth $80,000

APR > 965 is worth $5,000

The buyouts for the contract if Lee is terminated without cause are:

Year 1 – $1,350,000

Year 2 – $1,125,000

Year 3 – $900,000

Year 4 – $675,000

Year 5 – $500,000

Year 6 – $250,000

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