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OLR Research Report


February 25, 2005

 

2005-R-0245

ATHLETIC COACH SALARIES

By: Saul Spigel, Chief Analyst

You asked us to compare the compensation of UConn athletic coaches with those of comparable institutions. You also wanted to know the source of compensation for the UConn coaches.

This report focuses on football and men's and women's basketball, whose coaches receive the highest compensation and whose contract information is most readily available from public sources. The information in the report was found in various newspaper and magazine accounts; the level of detail available in those sources varied, which makes comparing coaches' compensation packages difficult.

Tables 1, 2, and 3 compare the compensation for coaches Calhoun, Auriemma, and Edsall with coaches in other Division I-A schools that we selected because they run equally successful programs or compete against UConn teams in the Big East Conference. Keep in mind that the various contracts being compared took effect in different years and run for different periods, and the individual coaches have differing lengths of tenure at their institutions. These factors may account for the some of the differences in the coaches' compensation.

All UConn coaches' compensation comes solely from Athletic Department revenues. These include ticket sales, radio and television broadcast contracts, Big East conference and NCAA income, private fundraising, and corporate partnerships. According to a 2003 Sports

Illustrated article this is the case for most coaches, although some receive compensation from university foundations and private, university-affiliated athletic associations.

The tables show that Coach Auriemma's compensation package is the highest and Coach Calhoun's the second highest among the coaches we selected for comparison. Coach Edsall's compensation is the second lowest among his comparison group. (A September 9, 2004 Hartford Courant article states that his new contract puts him above mid-range among Big East football coaches, but we could not independently verify this.)

By way of comparison, the UConn men's baseball coach is paid $64,083 annually, the men's hockey coach is paid $67,583, and the women's field hockey coach is paid $80,322 (plus a $5,000 car allowance). None earns extra compensation from speaking fees or other sources, but none generates revenue for the Athletic Department.

Table 1: Men's Basketball Coaches' Compensation

SCHOOL

COMPENSATION PACKAGE

UConn

Total: $9.1 million over 6 years (July 2004 to June 2010, with 2 year automatic renewal at end of contract term)

2004-05: $1.4 million ($200,000 base salary + $1,200,000 in media and speaking fees)

2005-06: $1.5 million ($225,000 base salary + $1,275,000)

2006-07: $1.5 million ($250,000 + $1,250,000)

2007-08: $1.5 million ($275,000 + $1,225,000)

2008-09: $1.6 million ($300,000 + $1,300,000)

2009-10: $1.6 million ($325,000 + $1,275,000)

Other Compensation:

Can own and operate summer men's basketball camps or clinics on or off Storrs campus

University provides one-time country club membership

Receives 25 free tickets for all men's basketball games and may purchase 25 more. Also receives 4 tickets to all home women's basketball and 6 to home football games

Endorsement contracts are permitted within university, NCAA, and State Ethics Commission guidelines

Incentives: 1 month's base salary for team making NCAA or NIT tournaments and 2 months' base salary if team makes NCAA Final Four

Compensation is paid from Athletic Department revenue—ticket sales, television and radio revenue, Big East and NCAA revenues, private fundraising, corporate partnerships, etc.

Duke

$853,009 (2002-03, further detail not available)

Seton Hall

$467,899 (2002-03, further detail not available)

Syracuse

$838,276 (2003-04) ($728,821 base salary + $109,455 employee benefit plan and deferred compensation); camps, shoe contracts, and other endorsements are not included

Boston College

$540,668 (2002-03, further detail not available)

U. Pittsburgh

$700,000 (est. 2004-05, further detail not available)

Michigan State

$1,642,616 (2002-03): ($320,000 base salary + $1,322,616 other)

Sources: Hartford Courant (1/15/05), SI.com (1/19/05), College Athletic Clips (11/20/04), Detroit News (2/16/03)

Table 2: Women's Basketball Coaches Compensation

School

Compensation Package

UConn

Total: $4.875 million over 5 years (July 2004 to June 2009)

2004-05: $825,000 ($200,000 base salary + 625,000 in media & speaking fees)

2005-06: $900,000 ($225,000 base salary + $675,000)

2006-07: $975,000 ($250,000 + $725,000)

2007-08: $1.05 million ($275,000 + $775,000) (contract can be opened for renegotiation)

2008-09: $1.25 million ($300,000 + $825,000)

Other Compensation:

Can own and operate summer women's basketball camps or clinics on or off Storrs campus

Country club family membership is provided by University

Receives 20 free tickets for all women's basketball games and may purchase 15. Also receives 4 tickets to all home men's basketball and football games and 2 tickets to all other UConn home games

Endorsement contracts are permitted within university, NCAA, and State Ethics Commission guidelines

Incentives: One month's base salary for participating in NCAA or NIT tournament; two months' base salary for NCAA Final Four

Compensation is paid from Athletic Department revenue—ticket sales, television and radio revenue, private fundraising, corporate partnerships, Big East and NCAA revenue, etc.

Tennessee

2004-05: $824,500 (includes $75,000 for general public relations services)

Incentives: $70,000 for reaching NCAA final four

Rutgers

2004-05: $575,000 ($175,000 base salary + $400,000 other)

2005-06: $640,100 ($185,100 base salary + $455,000 other)

Texas Tech

2005-06: $600,000 ($250,000 base salary + $150,000 deferred + $200,000 guaranteed outside income (e.g., radio & shoe deals)

Sources: Hartford Courant (1/15/05), Lady Volunteers Basketball (1/26/04), Rutgers Daily Targum (9/16/04), CNN Sports Illustrated (4/19/01)

Table 3: Men's Football Coaches Compensation

School

Compensation Package

UConn

Total: $5.25 million over 6 years (July 2004 to July 2010)

2004-05: $695,000 ($200,000 base salary + $495,000 in media fees)

2005-06: $770,000 ($225,000 base salary + $545,000)

2006-07: $845,000 ($250,000 + $595,000)

2007-08: $920,000 ($275,000 + $645,000)

2008-09: $995,000 ($300,000 + $695,000

2009-10: $1,070,000 ($325,000 + $745,000)

Other Compensation:

Can own and operate summer football camps or clinics on or off Storrs campus

Country club family membership is provided by University

Receives 20 free tickets for all football games and 4 tickets to all home men's and women's basketball games

Endorsement contracts are permitted within university, NCAA, and State Ethics Commission guidelines

Incentives: 1 month's base salary for non-BCS bowl game; 3 months' base salary for BCS bowl game

Compensation is paid from Athletic Department revenue—ticket sales, television and radio revenue, private fundraising, corporate partnerships, Big East and NCAA revenue, etc.

Tennessee

2004-05: $2.05 million ($325,000 base salary + $800,000 media fee + $625,000 equipment & apparel fee + $300,000 public speaking & endorsement fee)

Incentives: $37,500 for non-BCS bowl game; $250,000 for national championship

Compensation paid from Athletic Department revenue

University of South Florida

Total: $4.31 million (July 2002 to June 2009)

Base salary: $407,000 (2002-03) rises to $730,000 (2008-09)

Car: Receives either courtesy car (university pays insurance) or $450/month auto allowance

Annuity: $25,000 per year from 2003 to 2007

Assistants: $600,000 to $800,000 per year for assistants' bonuses or base salaries

Incentives: $50,000 for winning conference title or being named conference coach of the year; $25,000 for bowl games

Pittsburgh

2005-06: $1 million (est., further detail not available)

University of Maryland

2001-02: $762,000 ($202,991 base salary + $588,247 in media fees, endorsements, car allowance, performance bonuses)

West Virginia

2003-04: $700,000 ($150,000 base salary + $550,000 media fee (which increases $50,000 per year during 7-year contract)

Incentives: $25,000 non-BCS bowl game, $75,000 BCS bowl game, $10,000 to $30,000 linked to season ticket sales

Sources: Hartford Courant (9/10/04), CollegeSports.com (2/9/05), CBS Sportsline.Com (10/29/03), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.com (12/24/04), College Athletics Clips (4/21/04), SI.com (12/23/03)

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