There was some faint buzz that Charlotte 49ers baseball coach Loren Hibbs would be leaving the program to take over at his alma mater, Wichita State, after his mentor, Gene Stephenson, was ousted a few months back. That was squashed when Arkansas assistant Todd Butler won the job.
From the looks of it, it looks like the Diamond Niners’ skipper won’t be going anywhere for a while.
That’s because Hibbs has signed a contract extension with Charlotte, keeping him here until 2018. At the end of the contract, he will have been with the program for 26 seasons.
Hibbs was an assistant under Stephenson from 1985-1992 before taking the job with the 49ers, taking over for Jeff Edmonds. Since coming to the Queen City, he has led the team to a a 670-510-3 record, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament. His most successful year was 2007, when the team went 49(!)-12 en route to an A-10 title and an appearance in the NCAA’s. The Niners have won more than 40 games five times during his tenure, including four times in the last seven seasons (’07, ’08, ’10 and ’11).
More impressive for Hibbs is that he’e been recruiting in the shadows of more well-known programs, like North Carolina and N.C. State over the past few years, but has held his own while leading his team through a less-powerful Atlantic 10. Now, with Conference USA and better opponents, the profile of the program stands to increase a little more, and Hibbs will be around for a while to lead it.