SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr announced Thursday that Jody Sears has agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension to remain the Sacramento State head football coach. Terms of the contract will not be released until finalized.
Sears led Sacramento State to a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 Big Sky Conference mark in 2017. The six conference victories were the most by the Hornets since joining the Big Sky in 1996 while the seven wins over Div. I teams was also a first in school history. The five-win improvement from a year ago is tied for the largest at Sacramento State. Last week, Sears was named the Big Sky Co-Coach of the Year.
“This is a testament to the leadership that Coach Sears and his staff have provided to our student-athletes,” Orr said. “He created a plan for the program, stuck to it and the team was able to reap the rewards this season. We are all excited for the what is to come for Hornet football in the future.”
The Hornets set records on offense, defense and special teams during the season. The team was aided by a strong showing at home where it went 5-1 and scored at least 50 points in four games. In all games, Sacramento State averaged 37.6 points and 6.5 yards per play. Defensively, the Hornets led the Big Sky and ranked among the top three teams in the FCS in both sacks and third-down defense. Following the year, 14 players earned all-Big Sky honors, including three first-team selections on defense.
“I’ve said throughout the year that there is no place my family and I would rather be than at Sacramento State and I’m happy to be able to continue as the head coach,” Sears said. “I want to thank President Nelsen and Mark Orr for their support and believing in what we are trying to do. I look forward to continue working with this staff and the great young men on our team.”
Sears came to Sacramento State in the spring of 2014 as the defensive coordinator. He was quickly elevated to to interim head coach where he led the Hornets to a 7-5 mark. Sears was named the permanent head coach following the season. He also became the first head football coach in school history to win the seven games twice in their first four years.