Hedlund Signs Contract Extension
North Texas Announces A Five-Year Contract Extension For John Hedlund
DENTON – The University of North Texas has announced a five-year contract extension for head soccer coach John Hedlund that runs through the 2021 season.
“As coaches we’re all measured by the success and product we put on the field, year in and year out,” coach Hedlund said. “The new administration came in and really took note of the women’s soccer program’s success and our championship level. I’m very happy to say Wren (Baker, University of North Texas Vice President and athletic director) and I have come to terms on a new contract that will keep me here through 2021.”
Hedlund has been at the helm of the Mean Green for all 22 years of the program’s existence with an overall record of 314-120-27 (.710). North Texas recorded its 22nd consecutive winning season in 2016 with a 15-5-1 record. The consecutive winning season streak of 22 is 11th in NCAA history and only Anson Dorrance (North Carolina, 35 years), John Daly (William & Mary, 35 years) and G Guerrieri (Texas A&M, 24 years) have current longer active consecutive streaks of winning seasons at one school than Hedlund.
“I am pleased coach Hedlund has agreed to a new contract that will keep him at UNT for years to come,” University of North Texas Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker said. “We are building a department that values excellence academically, socially and competitively. Under Coach Hedlund’s direction, the women’s soccer program has embodied all three of those. With solidified long-term leadership, the future is brighter than ever for our women’s soccer program.”
The Mean Green captured their third-straight regular-season Conference USA championship last season, and, since joining C-USA in 2013, North Texas already has collected four conference titles. In all, Hedlund has led North Texas to 12 conference championships, including eight regular-season titles, and four trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Hedlund entered the 2016 season ranked 14th among active Division I coaches nationwide with a .709 win percentage and with the season-opening win against Incarnate Word became just the 20th coach in NCAA Division I history to reach the 300-win plateau.
At home, North Texas has established a record of dominance with a record of 167-26-12, including an 89-13-6 mark in 11 seasons at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. The Mean Green is tied for the longest winning streak in the nation at home against conference opponents with 39 straight victories. North Texas’ last home conference loss was in 2008 against University of Denver.
Hedlund is the winningest coach in any sport in the history of North Texas athletics, and his 12 total conference championships leads all North Texas sports in the recent era.
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