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UNI's Jacobs signs contract extension

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University of Northern Iowa head softball coach Ryan Jacobs has signed a four-year contract extension through 2016.

Jacobs, in his fifth season at UNI, guided the Panther softball team to only its second Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship, but its first outright title in league history. The Panthers captured the regular season title by 3 ½ games over second-place Illinois State with a mark of 21-4 in MVC play.

Jacobs took over a Panther softball program that had posted a combined league record of 17-55 in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Panther softball began to turn the corner in the 2009 season when UNI posted a winning mark in league play at 15-11. It was UNI's first winning season in MVC play since an 11-7 mark in 2000 earned the Panthers a share of the league's regular season title. UNI has not had a losing season in MVC play since 2008 and it's no coincidence that Jacobs has led the resurgence.

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