KT Wiz announced in a press release on the morning of the 11th, “We have renewed a contract with coach Lee Kang-cheol for a total of 2.4 billion won (down payment of 600 million won and annual salary of 600 million won) for a three-year contract period (2024-2026).”
This is director Lee Kang-cheol’s third contract with KT.
He was recognized for his outstanding leadership and led Katy for eight consecutive years.
Katie won (5-4) in the team’s last regular league game of the 2023 season (against the Doosan Bears) held the previous day, confirming a direct advance to the playoffs (2nd place). 토토사이트
After taking charge of Katy for the first time in the 2019 season, coach Lee Kang-cheol actively communicated with the players and established a ‘one team’ culture.
He led Katy, which had been in the bottom tier throughout its inception, to a .500 win rate (71 wins, 71 losses, 2 draws) in his first year in office, and in the 2020 season, he ranked second in the regular league and advanced to the postseason for the first time since its founding.
In the 2021 season, the team won a combined championship for the first time since its founding. It was the first record for a Korean Series MVP.
This season, the team succeeded in rebounding despite injuries to key players. Katy, which was ranked 10th until June 4, was ranked 2nd (79 wins, 62 losses, 2 draws, 0.560 winning percentage) in the last game of the season. After taking over as head coach of Katy, his overall record for five seasons was 385 wins, 314 losses, and 17 draws (winning percentage of 0.550). The Katy team said, “The Katy players came together as one under the guidance of coach Lee Kang-cheol and showed growth every season. He said, “Even in difficult times such as player injuries, we overcame them with excellent leadership,” and added, “We signed a three-year extension contract because he is a proven leader who can create a strong, sustainable team loved by baseball fans in Suwon, his hometown.”
Coach Lee Kang-cheol, who completed his contract renewal and prepared for fall baseball with a relaxed mind, said through the club, “We were able to achieve good results due to the club’s generous support and the efforts of the players and coaching staff starting from the 2019 season. “I would like to thank the club and the CEO for renewing my contract, and I will continue to guide the players with a sense of responsibility so that we can continue to rise to the ranks of strong teams,” he said.