Maryland softball coach Mark Montgomery signed a five-year contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the team through June 2027. The extension comes after a 2022 season where the Terps went 29-23, their highest win total since joining the Big Ten.

“Coming off our best softball season in Big Ten history, we are pleased to reward Mark with a contract extension,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a news release. “In his three seasons at Maryland, Mark has worked hard to rebuild Maryland softball and the results are showing on and off the field … we are thrilled that Mark will be leading our Terps into the future.”

Since Montgomery’s first season at the helm of the Maryland softball program in 2020, Maryland has compiled a 60-59 record. The Terps have increased their win total each season.

[Inconsistency tempered Maryland softball’s best season since 2013]

“I am thrilled to be staying in College Park as we continue to build a special program with Maryland softball,” Montgomery said in a statement. “We have made tremendous strides with this program and I am excited about a very bright future.”

Maryland’s 2022 finish marked the program’s highest win total since 2013. Maryland finished in fifth place in the Big Ten, its best result since joining the conference, and won its first-ever Big Ten tournament game in the opening round against Michigan State.

“With the returning players we have and the elite recruits we have coming to wear the Terps’ uniform, the best is ahead for Maryland softball,” Montgomery said.