NC State baseball coach Avent gets contract extension

The winningest baseball coach in Wolfpack history will remain in the dugout at least through the 2025 season

NC State's Elliott Avent is one of 13 active baseball coaches with at least 1,100 career wins (North State Journal file photo)

Perhaps no coach since Jim Valvano has personified the personality of NC State athletics more than Elliott Avent.

Homespun and charismatic, the long-time Wolfpack baseball coach is the school’s all-time leader in wins with 889 and is one of just 13 active coaches with more than 1,100 victories overall.

Friday, State’s Board of Trustees ensured that Avent will continue his successful run for at least five more years by approving a contract extension that will keep him in the dugout through 2025, with options beyond that.

“Elliott’s track record of success speaks for itself,” athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a statement announcing the new contract. “We’re appreciative of what he’s built with NC State baseball and this extension reflects our commitment. Our program has strong momentum and we look forward to continued success under Elliott’s leadership.”

Avent has spent 24 seasons as the Wolfpack’s coach, compiling a record of 889-531 with 18 NCAA tournament appearances, four Super Regionals and a trip to the College World Series in 2013. He has helped to produce 34 All-Americans, 83 All-ACC selections and 112 Major League draft picks during his tenure.

The Wolfpack was 14-3 and was ranked as high as No. 9 in the nation when the 2020 season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.

“I’d like to thank Chancellor (Randy) Woodson and Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan for their commitment and continued faith in what we’ve built in our baseball program,” Avent said. “My love for NC State and this program runs deep, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue to build on our traditions and successes.”