Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson has been mentioned as a candidate for several high-profile jobs recently, which is why the news I’m about to share is so great. UK just announced that Lawson signed a contract extension to stay at Kentucky through the 2022-23 season. Rifle coach Harry Mullins, volleyball coach Craig Skinner, and swimming and diving coach Lars Jorgensen also signed extensions.
“Rachel has taken our softball program to places we have never been before,” UK Athletics Director Barnhart said. “Not only have her teams reached the Women’s College World Series and become contenders on an annual basis, but she has also created a culture that enables success in all facets of life, both during and after the time her student-athletes play for her. We are proud to have her leading our softball program and look forward to the championship moments we will celebrate together.”
Two-time SEC Coach of the Year Craig Skinner extended his contract through the 2022-23 season after leading the volleyball team to its first SEC regular-season championship since 1988 and first Elite Eight in the modern era of the NCAA Tournament in 2017. Swimming and diving coach Lars Jorgensen’s new agreement will also keep him at Kentucky through the end of the 2022-23 season. UK is in the midst of a streak of five consecutive top-25 NCAA team finishes, including back-to-back 14th-place finishes over the last two seasons. After winning his second national championship at Kentucky earlier this year, rifle coach Harry Mullins has agreed to stay at Kentucky through the 2021-22 season. The four-time Great American Rifle Coach of the Year is the longest-tenured UK head coach, having just completed his 31st season.
“I continue to believe that our group of head coaches is the best in America,” Barnhart said. “Ensuring that Harry, Craig, Rachel and Lars will stay at Kentucky for years to come is vital to the success of both the teams they lead and our department as a whole. I’m excited to continue working with them and all of our outstanding coaches.”