Mitch Barnhart has cultivated a winning atmosphere across all of Kentucky athletics, not just in basketball and football. Last week, he took steps to make sure several other programs would have continued success into the future.
Chief among these is UK softball, where head coach Rachel Lawson will be getting an $80,000 per year pay raise. In her eyes, this just demonstrates UK’s commitment to her program:
“I love Lexington and this new contract gives me the opportunity to continue to grow Kentucky softball into a national champion,” Lawson said. “This provides stability for the program and sends the message to recruits that we are confident in our ability to win the national championship at Kentucky.”
The other coaches to see raises? Volleyball’s Craig Skinner, swimming and diving’s Lars Jorgensen, and the rifle team’s Harry Mullins. We are all pretty accustomed to hearing about the rifle team’s almost yearly national titles at this point, but volleyball and the swim team are two up and coming programs on campus, ones that Mitch Barnhart clearly sees value in.
“I continue to believe that our group of head coaches is the best in America,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a release announcing the contracts. “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.”
Hooray for winning!