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College basketball is one of the biggest entertainment businesses in America. Head coaches are one of the top expenses at mid-major schools. That is why we are happy to announce the Mid-Major Madness Contract Database, which explains nearly $41 million in college basketball contracts.


How We Got All of These

Earlier this offseason we set out to acquire as many coaching contracts as we could through state Freedom of Information requests. Over the past four months, we filed 171 requests and ended up receiving a contract from 149 schools. (For more on the outstanding 22 please see the end of this post). For private institutions, we searched for media reports, but it’s rare to find explicitly stated coach salaries for those schools.

We then went through each of the contracts and pulled out the Base Salary that is explicitly stated in each contract. The reason we used Base Salary is that it is consistent across every head coaching contract. Many contracts, though, including ones for mid-major coaches, include additional guarantees for media appearances, public speaking, or through guarantee game revenue. We tried to highlight these additional sources of guaranteed compensation in the Notable Bonuses section of the table.

Two pieces of the guaranteed compensation that we did not highlight in the Notable Bonuses section are the allowances that schools give coaches for vehicles and cell phones. Both are necessary pieces of any coach’s employment, so it makes sense that they would be included in the contracts. The car allowances are usually around $500 to $1,000 per month, though there are exceptions. The phone allowances, anecdotally, seemed to be less than $1,000 per year. Also note that most contracts include bonuses for appearing in the NCAA Tournament or NIT, winning the conference championship (both regular season and tournament), and having strong academic performance (and an APR that keeps the school eligible for postseason play). We haven’t highlighted any of these bonuses either because of how often they appear in most contracts.

In addition to compensation, contracts include buyouts, both on the team and coach side. These clauses are the bread and butter of the coaching carousel each April, especially for successful mid-major programs. But, because of how complicated they are, we have not moved any of those clauses into the overall spreadsheet.

What you can do is follow the links provided in the Source column of the spreadsheet where you’ll be able to see the contract in its entirety, as it was received by Mid-Major Madness in response to our Freedom of Information request. Some of the documents we received weren’t actually contracts, but letters of intent that were signed by incoming head coaches for the 2019-20 season. Contracts can change rapidly, so please consider this document set to be official as of before the 2019-20 season.

The coaching contracts we received also help demonstrate a school’s expectations and commitment to its men’s basketball program. Most head coaching contracts outline not just what the coach will receive, but his ability to pay assistants, host summer camps, the required guarantee games, and what postseason appearances are worthy of bonuses.

In addition, here are some of the most notable clauses we found while reading more than 170 mid-major head coaching contracts.

Putting Butts In The Seats

One of the reasons schools are paying coaches so much is to convince fans to come see their men’s basketball teams play. This is spelled out even more explicitly in some of the attendance incentives that head coaches are given. All of the notes below are according to the NCAA’s official attendance report.

  • Eastern Kentucky’s A.W. Hamilton receives $5,000 if 2,500 season tickets are sold and $5,000 more if that number reaches 3,000.
  • Dave Paulsen receives $5,000 if more than 4,500 fans attend each George Mason home game. The Patriots only drew 4,335 fans per game in 2019-20.
  • If Missouri State’s attendance is at least 8,000 per game then Dana Ford receives a $10,000 bonus. (The Bears only drew 5,500 fans per game to JQH Arena.)
  • URI’s David Cox receives $10,000 if the Rams earn more than $1,100,000 in gross ticket revenue from the team’s home games.
  • Southern Illinois’s Bryan Mullins receives $5,000 everytime the Salukis sell out SIU Arena.
  • UNCW’s C.B. McGrath receives 20 percent of season ticket revenue above $250,000.
  • Utah Valley’s Mark Madsen has incentives not only for total attendance, but also student attendance. If 3,000 students attend a game then Madsen receives a $5,000 bonus.
  • UTSA’s Steve Henson receives $5,000 if student attendance is greater than 500 per game.
  • UTEP’s Rodney Terry receives one week’s salary if season ticket sales increases by 20 percent year-over-year.
  • Western Kentucky’s Rick Stansbury receives 50 percent of all gross ticket revenues exceeding $800,000.
  • Pat Kelsey receives $1 for each men’s home basketball ticket sold above 11,151. The bonus is capped at $10,000. Kelsey probably received that entire bonus in 2018-19, as Winthrop had a home attendance of 25,785 last season.

Who You Beat Matters

Winning matters, a lot. But so does who you beat. A number of mid-major coaches receive additional compensation for pulling an upset against a Power 5 opponent (and sometimes teams from the Big East or American Athletic Conference). Some coaches, though, have much more specific clauses. For instance:

  • Kent State’s Rob Senderoff receives $5,000 for beating one of the following programs each season: Cincinnati, Dayton, Memphis, UConn, or VCU. The Golden Flashes are not currently scheduled to play any of those teams this season.
  • New Mexico State’s Chris Jans receives $5,000 for beating New Mexico, UTEP or a Power 5 school. The Aggies play at UTEP on Nov. 12 and play a home-and-home with New Mexico on Nov. 21 and Dec. 14. NMSU also plays at Arizona (Nov. 17), Washington St. (Dec. 7) and Mississippi St. (Dec. 22).
  • Prairie View A&M’s Byron Smith receives $2,500 for a regular season victory over SWAC rival Texas Southern. The two teams play on Jan. 11 and Feb. 8 this season.
  • Mike Jones can be awarded $1,750 for “each Radford University win over major opponents not in its conference.” The contract notes Virginia, Virginia Tech, or “other ACC teams and top opponents from power conferences.” It seems like maybe the games at Northwestern (Nov. 19) and Mississippi St. (Dec. 18) might qualify this season.
  • Southern Utah’s Todd Simon receives $2,500 for beating BYU, Utah or UNLV. The Thunderbirds get a shot at the Cougars on Nov. 13.
  • Utah State’s Craig Smith receives $5,000 for beating either BYU or Utah. The Aggies play the Cougars on Dec. 14.
  • UVU’s Madsen receives $5,000 for winning a buy game against an out-of-state opponent. The Wolverines play at Kentucky this season, but KenPom gives them just a 1 percent chance of victory.
  • By Sept. 1, the UMass athletic director has to pick five opponents for head coach Matt McCall. If the Minutemen win those games, then McCall receives $2,500 for each victory.
  • Milwaukee’s Pat Baldwin receives $2,000 for each win over a Top 50 RPI opponent.

The RPI Isn’t Dead Yet

As you can see in Balwin’s incentive above, the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) might’ve been phased out by the NCAA, but it lives on in coaching contracts that were signed before the NET replaced it this past season. Lots of coaches have bonuses tied to meeting certain RPI thresholds. The most generous one we saw was Rod Barnes, who receives $10,000 if Cal State Bakersfield finishes in the Top 250 of the RPI. The Roadrunners haven’t finished with an RPI outside of the Top 250 since the 2014-15 season. Southeast Missouri State’s Rick Ray has a similar clause, but the Redhawks missed even that low bar last season. Many, many other contracts still include the RPI in some capacity.

A Few Random Clauses

  • Ron Sanchez at Charlotte doesn’t even have to beat a Power 5 team to receive a $5,000 bonus, he just has to convince them to come play a game at Halton Arena. He can receive the bonus twice per season, though only Wake Forest will be coming to Charlotte during the 2019-20 non-conference slate.
  • Florida International’s Jeremy Ballard receives an additional $2,000 in compensation if he generates over $50,000 for the team according to the Athletics Business Office.
  • New Mexico head coach Paul Weir is being reimbursed tuition, fees and the cost of books for finishing his PhD at New Mexico State University.
  • All of the incentives for Northern Colorado’s Jeff Linder are academic based, except for drawing at least 120 paying teams to his offseason camp.
  • If Northern Iowa’s Ben Jacobson is not among the top three highest paid coaches in the Missouri Valley in guaranteed compensation, he can renegotiate his contract.
  • Portland State’s Barret Peery can be asked to make three promotional appearances for Nike.
  • UMBC’s Ryan Odom receives $17,500 if the Retrievers play in the America East Tournament finals in an away gym.
  • UT Martin’s Anthony Stewart receives an automatic four-year extension if he wins more than 50 percent of his games, finishes in the top four of the OVC standings, finishes in the top two in the OVC West standings, or makes the conference semifinals.
  • Billy Wright’s contract with Western Illinois requires him to play a third guarantee game every other season in order to fund the salary for the team’s Director of Basketball Operations position.

The Ones That Got Away

We would love to continue building out this database! If you have information about a private school’s coaching contract please get in touch with either John Templon or Russell Steinberg.

We at Mid-Major Madness also believe that 22 more schools should’ve been able to provide us contracts through our Freedom of Information requests. Either through delays, ignorance, or outright rejection we haven’t received a contract from them. The list: Alabama State, South Alabama, Troy, Jacksonville State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Little Rock, Delaware, Delaware State, Coppin State, Maryland Eastern Shore, Central Michigan (Note: CMU stated that Keno Davis was receiving a new contract and that accounted for the delay, but we have not seen that document yet), Alcorn State, Jackson State, Montana, The Citadel, Tennessee State, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Norfolk State.

You’ll notice that a number of those schools come from two states, Alabama and Arkansas. Both of them require the requester of public records to be a resident of the state. If you live in one of those two states and would like to try making requests we’d be happy to share advice.

Mid-Major Madness Coaching Contract Database

Team Conference Coach Base Pay Contract Ends Notable Bonuses Source
Team Conference Coach Base Pay Contract Ends Notable Bonuses Source
Abilene Christian Southland Joe Golding
Air Force Mountain West Dave Pilipovich
Akron MAC John Groce $400,000 6/30/2023 $250,000 in "supplemental compensation"
Alabama A&M SWAC Dylan Howard $90,000 End of 2018-19 basketball season
Alabama State SWAC Lewis Jackson
Albany America East Will Brown $350,000 7/31/2021 He has a separate contract with Nike:
Alcorn State SWAC Montez Robinson
American Patriot League Mike Brennan
Appalachian State Sun Belt Dustin Kerns $300,000 3/31/2024
Arkansas–Pine Bluff SWAC George Ivory $127,656
Arkansas State Sun Belt Mike Balado $375,000
Army Patriot League Jimmy Allen
Austin Peay Ohio Valley Matt Figger $270,000 4/30/2022 Can use any amount over $215,000 raised from guarantee games at his discretion.
Ball State MAC James Whitford $316,083 4/30/2022
Belmont Ohio Valley Casey Alexander
Bethune-Cookman MEAC Ryan Ridder
Binghamton America East Tommy Dempsey $225,567 3/19/2021 Receives $5,000 for any non-NCAA Tournament postseason victory
Boise State Mountain West Leon Rice $725,000 3/31/2023 Receives $3,000 for making the finals of the Mountain West conference tournament and $4,000 for a winning record
Boston University Patriot League Joe Jones
Bowling Green MAC Michael Huger $415,000 3/31/2024 Receives $10,000 if he wins 12 of 18 MAC regular season games and $5,000 for each win over a Power Five conference team during the regular season
Bradley Missouri Valley Brian Wardle $681,886
Brown Ivy League Mike Martin
Bryant NEC Jared Grasso
Bucknell Patriot League Nathan Davis
Buffalo MAC Jim Whitesell $300,000 4/5/2024 Has $100,000 in "supplemental compensation"
BYU West Coast Mark Pope
Cal Poly Big West John Smith $350,004 3/31/2024 Doesn't receive bonus money for winning First Four games
Cal State Bakersfield WAC Rod Barnes $244,765 3/31/2024 A Top 250 RPI finish is worth $10,000.
Cal State Fullerton Big West Dedrique Taylor $257,508 4/30/2023 Receives $5,000 for winning a "nationally-televised game".
Cal State Northridge Big West Mark Gottfried $450,000 3/31/2024 Receives 50% of any net game revenue exceeding a minimum of $275,000.
California Baptist WAC Rick Croy
Campbell Big South Kevin McGeehan
Canisius MAAC Reggie Witherspoon
Central Arkansas Southland Russ Pennell
Central Connecticut NEC Donyell Marshall $140,758 4/14/2021 Receives $37,500 in supplemental compensation. Receives $2,500 for a top 4 finish in the NEC.
Central Michigan MAC Keno Davis $300,000
Charleston CAA Earl Grant $651,000
Charleston Southern Big South Barclay Radebaugh
Charlotte Conference USA Ron Sanchez $450,000 3/31/2023 $200,000 in supplemental compensation. Can receive $5,000 each for two home games against Power Five opponents.
Chattanooga Southern Conference Lamont Paris $250,000 4/30/2023 $50,000 in supplemental compensation. $10,000 for no Level I or Level II violations during the previous calendar year.
Chicago State WAC Lance Irvin $110,000 7/31/2023 Winning record is $1,500. A winning record in WAC play is $1,000.
The Citadel Southern Conference Duggar Baucom $180,000
Cleveland State Horizon League Dennis Gates $280,000 4/30/2024 "Guarantee games" resulting in at least $200,000 in net revenue to the University must be scheduled annually, unless otherwise approved by Director of Athletics.
Coastal Carolina Sun Belt Cliff Ellis $300,409 6/30/2020 Receives $1,250 per radio network call-in show appearance.
Colgate Patriot League Matt Langel
Colorado State Mountain West Niko Medved $725,000 6/30/2023
Columbia Ivy League Jim Engles
Coppin State MEAC Juan Dixon
Cornell Ivy League Brian Earl
Dartmouth Ivy League David McLaughlin
Davidson Atlantic 10 Bob McKillop
Dayton Atlantic 10 Anthony Grant
Delaware CAA Martin Ingelsby
Delaware State MEAC Eric Skeeters
Denver Summit Rodney Billups
Detroit Mercy Horizon League Mike Davis
Drake Missouri Valley Darian DeVries
Drexel CAA Zach Spiker
Duquesne Atlantic 10 Keith Dambrot
East Tennessee State Southern Conference Steve Forbes $400,000 4/1/2022 He has a $200,000 retention bonus.
Eastern Illinois Ohio Valley Jay Spoonhour $160,000 4/9/2021
Eastern Kentucky Ohio Valley A.W. Hamilton $200,000 3/31/2022 He has small incentives about the number of season tickets sold each season. Receives $5,000 for a Top 25 ranking at any point in the season.
Eastern Michigan MAC Rob Murphy $315,000 6/30/2021 Lots of interesting bonuses, including $10,000 if the team is ranked at any point during the season.
Eastern Washington Big Sky Shantay Legans $140,000 4/30/2022 Receives $1,000 for each win in the Big Sky tournament, including byes.
Elon CAA Mike Schrage
Evansville Missouri Valley Walter McCarty
Fairfield MAAC Jay Young
Fairleigh Dickinson NEC Greg Herenda $213,476
Florida A&M MEAC Robert McCullum $150,000 5/12/2020
Florida Atlantic CUSA Dusty May $390,000 5/9/2024
Florida Gulf Coast ASUN Michael Fly $225,000 3/31/2022
Florida International CUSA Jeremy Ballard $300,000 4/19/2023 Receives $2,000 if he generates over $50,000 for the team according to the Athletic's Business Office.
Fordham Atlantic 10 Jeff Neubauer
Fresno State Mountain West Justin Hutson $525,000 4/30/2023 He is also receiving a $241,440 "consulting fee" this season.
Furman Southern Conference Bob Richey
Gardner–Webb Big South Tim Craft
George Mason Atlantic 10 Dave Paulsen $400,000 4/30/2022 He has $337,000 in supplemental compensation. He also can receive a $5,000 "attendance bonus" if more than 4,500 fans attend each GMU home game.
George Washington Atlantic 10 Jamion Christian
Georgia Southern Sun Belt Mark Byington $300,000 4/30/2020 Receives 6% of his annual salary if the team finishes 3rd in the conference. He receives $2,500 for beating a team in the Top 50 of the NET.
Georgia State Sun Belt Rob Lanier $575,000 4/30/2024 He receives a membership to the Commerce Club in Atlanta:
Gonzaga West Coast Mark Few $1,779,635
Grambling State SWAC Donte Jackson $120,000
Grand Canyon WAC Dan Majerle
Green Bay Horizon League Linc Darner $239,292 4/30/2024 He is supposed to secure game guarantees of $300,000 per year.
Hampton Big South Edward Joyner
Hartford America East John Gallagher
Harvard Ivy League Tommy Amaker
Hawaii Big West Eran Ganot $330,000 4/19/2023
High Point Big South Tubby Smith
Hofstra CAA Joe Mihalich
Holy Cross Patriot League Bill Carmody
Houston Baptist Southland Ron Cottrell
Howard MEAC Vacant
Idaho Big Sky Don Verlin (fired on June 19) $185,432 6/30/2021 He also receives $60,000 for media appearances. He receives $5,000 for reaching 14, 17 and 20 wins respectively.
Idaho State Big Sky Ryan Looney $115,000 5/5/2024
Illinois State Missouri Valley Dan Muller $564,000 4/18/2024
Incarnate Word Southland Carson Cunningham
Indiana State Missouri Valley Greg Lansing $219,000 His contract works on a rolling 5-year term. He receives $30,000 for media appearances.
Iona MAAC Tim Cluess $565,261
IUPUI Horizon League Jason Gardner (resigned on August 27) $156,060 4/30/2020 Receives $2,000 if he wins NABC District Coach of the Year.
Jackson State SWAC Wayne Brent
Jacksonville ASUN Tony Jasick
Jacksonville State Ohio Valley Ray Harper
James Madison CAA Louis Rowe $260,000 4/24/2021 It is expected that Coach will become a member of the Duke Club and donate annually. ... Complimentary tickets will be provided consistent with the Coach's annual Duke Club contributions.
Kennesaw State ASUN Amir Abdur-Rahim $200,000 3/31/2023
Kent State MAC Rob Senderoff $385,000 4/30/2022 Receives $5,000 for a win over one of the following programs: Cincinnati, Dayton, Memphis, UCONN or VCU
La Salle Atlantic 10 Ashley Howard
Lafayette Patriot League Fran O'Hanlon
Lamar Southland Tic Price $157,500 4/30/2020 Receives up to $12,500 of the guarantee money received during the year over $180,000 with the rest going to the men's basketball budget.
Lehigh Patriot League Brett Reed
Liberty ASUN Ritchie McKay
Lipscomb ASUN Lennie Acuff
Little Rock Sun Belt Darrell Walker $250,000
LIU NEC Derek Kellogg
Long Beach State Big West Dan Monson $283,560 4/30/2024 Receives $16,440 annually from the CSULB Research Foundation. Also receives 25% of guaranteed money above $200,000 each year.
Longwood Big South Griff Aldrich $150,000 3/24/2023 Receives $2,500 for 15 wins against Division I opponents.
Louisiana Sun Belt Bob Marlin $202,476 3/31/2022 He will receive $380,000 in supplemental compensation. He receives $7,500 if he's named Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers' Association or the Louisiana Major College Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches.
Louisiana–Monroe Sun Belt Keith Richard $225,000 4/30/2023
Louisiana Tech CUSA Eric Konkol $150,000 3/31/2022 Receives $250,000 in supplemental compensation. He receives a $10,000 bonus if Louisiana Tech makes the NIT Final Four.
Loyola (Chicago) Missouri Valley Porter Moser
Loyola (Maryland) Patriot League Tavaras Hardy
Loyola Marymount West Coast Mike Dunlap
Maine America East Richard Barron $165,000 6/30/2023
Manhattan MAAC Steve Masiello $389,383
Marist MAAC John Dunne
Marshall CUSA Dan D'Antoni $200,000 After 2020 season Receives $220,000 in supplemental compensation for media appearances. Receives $80,000 for appearances for the Big Green Scholarship Foundation.
Maryland Eastern Shore MEAC Jason Crafton
McNeese State Southland Heath Schroyer $170,000 4/14/2021
Mercer Southern Conference Greg Gary
Merrimack NEC Joe Gallo
Miami Ohio MAC Jack Owens $350,000 5/31/2022
Middle Tennessee CUSA Nick McDevitt $575,000 6/30/2023 Receives $175,000 for media appearances. MTSU was also responsbile for paying McDevitt's buyout to UNC Asheville.
Milwaukee Horizon League Pat Baldwin $350,000 4/30/2022 Receives $2,000 for each win over a Top 50 RPI team.
Mississippi Valley State SWAC Lindsey Hunter $75,000 4/30/2023 Can receive up to one month's pay if the school plays in the postseason.
Missouri State Missouri Valley Dana Ford $375,000 3/31/2023 Receives $10,000 if the attendance is at least 8,000. (Increases by $10,000 for each 1,000 up to 10,000.)
Monmouth MAAC King Rice $446,448
Montana Big Sky Travis DeCuire $180,000
Montana State Big Sky Danny Sprinkle $164,000 4/30/2022 Receives $45,000 for media appearances. Also receives $15,000 for appearing in fundraising activities, social activities, Booster functions, public speaking engagements and ticket sales campaigns.
Morehead State Ohio Valley Preston Spradlin $160,000 3/31/2023 Receives $12,500 for media appearances. Receives $1,000 for every win over 19 in a season. Receives $2,000 for defeating a Top 25 team. Receives a bonus for finishing in the Top 75 of NET.
Morgan State MEAC Kevin Broadus $300,000 4/30/2024 He is required to generate $395,000 in guarantee game revenue.
Mount St. Mary's NEC Dan Engelstad
Murray State Ohio Valley Matt McMahon $395,000 5/31/2023 Receives $10,000 for winning 20 games and $20,000 for winning 25 games.
Navy Patriot League Ed DeChellis
Nevada Mountain West Steve Alford $300,000 4/30/2029 The contract is with Steve Alford and Steve Alford LLC. He receives $100,000 for media appearances. Receives a $100,000 Name, Image and Likeness Fee.
New Hampshire America East Bill Herrion $185,000 4/30/2021 Receives $42,000 for media appearances. He needs to schedule a minimum of 3 guarantee games bringing in $225,000 in revenue.
New Mexico Mountain West Paul Weir $300,000 3/31/2023 NM pays NMSU $50,000 annually. Weir is reimbursed the cost of tuition, fees and the cost of books for finishing his PhD at NMSU. He receives $225,000 in supplemental compensation for promotional appearances. He receives $100,000 for media appearances. He receives $100,000 for endorsements. He also has a $50,000 retention bonus.
New Mexico State WAC Chris Jans $290,000 4/30/2022 Receives a $139,000 retention bonus on Nov. 1, 2019. Receives $5,000 for beating New Mexico or UTEP or a Power 5 school.
New Orleans Southland Mark Slessinger $152,000 6/30/2026 Receives $5,000 for media appearances. Receives $5,000 for public appearances.
Niagara MAAC Greg Paulus
Nicholls Southland Austin Claunch $95,000 3/28/2022 Receives $1,500 for a 20-win season.
NJIT ASUN Brian Kennedy $235,000 6/30/2021 Receives $1,000 for being named Coach of the Year by local organizations. Receives $2,500 every season NJIT wins at least 15 games. Receives $5,000 every season NJIT wins 20 games.
Norfolk State MEAC Robert Jones
North Alabama ASUN Tony Pujol $125,000 4/30/2023 Receives $1,000 for an ASUN regular season over .600. Receives $2,000 for a regular season over .600.
North Carolina A&T MEAC Jay Joyner $125,000 6/30/2020
North Carolina Central MEAC LeVelle Moton $250,000 3/31/2022 Receives $4,000 each season NCC wins 20 games. Receives $4,500 if NCC participates in the CBI—plus $5,000 per win—and $2,000 if NCC participates in the CIT—plus $1,500 per win. Receives 15% of guarantee game revenue if it is over $250,000.
North Dakota Summit Paul Sather $180,000 4/30/2024
North Dakota State Summit David Richman $230,000 4/30/2022 Receives $15,000 for 20 wins.
North Florida ASUN Matthew Driscoll $155,000 4/30/2022 Receives $25,000 in a Promotional and Fundraising Fee if he makes a minimum of 10 appearances. Receives a $25,000 Talent Fee for media appearances. Receives $20,000 in supplemental compensation.
North Texas CUSA Grant McCasland $500,000 4/30/2023 Plus $150,000 in Retention, Radio, TV, Official and Other Appearance stipends.
Northeastern CAA Bill Coen
Northern Arizona Big Sky Shane Burcar $185,400 3/31/2020
Northern Colorado Big Sky Jeff Linder $155,000 6/30/2021 His incentives are all academic based.
Northern Illinois MAC Mark Montgomery $300,000 6/30/2021 Receives $10,000 for winning the MAC West Division.
Northern Iowa Missouri Valley Ben Jacobson $400,000 3/31/2027 Receives $200,000 media fee and a $175,000 appearance fee this season along with $125,000 in longevity pay. If Jacobson is not among the top 3 highest paid coaches in the Missouri Valley in guaranteed compensation he can renegotiate his contract.
Northern Kentucky Horizon League Darrin Horn $400,000 3/31/2023
Northwestern State Southland Mike McConathy $118,293 4/30/2020
Oakland Horizon League Greg Kampe $301,165 4/30/2023 Has a "Scheduling Bonus" game where he receives the compensation.
Ohio MAC Jeff Boals $581,000 4/1/2024 Received a $25,000 signing bonus. Ohio also paid his $50,000 buyout to Stony Brook.
Old Dominion CUSA Jeff Jones $223,774 6/9/2024 Receives a supplemental income of $283,200. Receives $60,000 for media appearances.
Omaha Summit Derrin Hansen $180,353 4/30/2020
Oral Roberts Summit Paul Mills
Pacific West Coast Damon Stoudamire
Penn Ivy League Steve Donahue
Pepperdine West Coast Lorenzo Romar
Portland West Coast Terry Porter
Portland State Big Sky Barret Peery $170,004 6/30/2023 Receives $80,000 in supplemental compensation. Can be required to make up to 3 promotional appearances for NIKE.
Prairie View A&M SWAC Byron Smith $170,000 4/30/2022 Receives $2,500 for 17 wins. Receives $5,000 for a win over a Power 5 opponent. Receives $2,500 for a regular season win over Texas Southern.
Presbyterian Big South Quinton Ferrell
Princeton Ivy League Mitch Henderson
Purdue Fort Wayne Summit Jon Coffman $175,000 4/30/2021 Receives $1,000 if the program receives votes in a Top 25 poll. Receives $500 per national TV appearance.
Quinnipiac MAAC Baker Dunleavy
Radford Big South Mike Jones $300,000 6/24/2025 Coach may be awarded $1,750 for wins over major opponents not in its conference (UVA, VaTech, or other ACC teams are cited).
Rhode Island Atlantic 10 David Cox $300,000 4/8/2023 Receives $225,000 in additional compensation for ticket sales. Receives $125,000 in appearance fees. Receives $100,000 in media fees. Cox has additional incentives tied to ticket sales and the Men's Basketball Excellence Fund.
Rice CUSA Scott Pera
Richmond Atlantic 10 Chris Mooney
Rider MAAC Kevin Baggett $226,818
Robert Morris NEC Andrew Toole
Sacramento State Big Sky Brian Katz $186,004 3/30/2020 Receives funds after reaching a minimum of $175,000 in guarantee game compensation.
Sacred Heart NEC Anthony Latina
St. Bonaventure Atlantic 10 Mark Schmidt
Saint Francis NEC Rob Krimmel
St. Francis Brooklyn NEC Glenn Braica
Saint Joseph's Atlantic 10 Billy Lange
Saint Louis Atlantic 10 Travis Ford
Saint Mary's West Coast Randy Bennett
Saint Peter's MAAC Shaheen Holloway
Sam Houston State Southland Jason Hooten $225,000 5/31/2022
Samford Southern Conference Scott Padgett
San Diego West Coast Sam Scholl
San Diego State Mountain West Brian Dutcher $276,648 6/30/2022 Receives $578,766 in supplemental compensation. Receives $10,000 for winning 20 games.
San Francisco West Coast Todd Golden
San Jose State Mountain West Jean Prioleau $276,648 4/30/2022 Receives $123,360 in supplemental compensation. Receives $5,000 for a CBI or CIT appearance. Has bonuses tied to the average paid attendance that max out at $45,000 per year.
Santa Clara West Coast Herb Sendek
Seattle WAC Jim Hayford
Siena MAAC Carmen Maciariello
SIU Edwardsville Ohio Valley Brian Barone $187,000 3/31/2021 Receives $1,000 if the team wins 14 or more games. The contract refers to Barone as the "Interim Head Coach", but gives him 3 years.
South Alabama Sun Belt Richie Riley
South Carolina State MEAC Murray Garvin $140,000 3/30/2020 Receives $2,000 for winning 20 games. Receives $1,000 for appearing in the NIT, CIT or CBI and $1,000 for each win.
South Carolina Upstate Big South Dave Dickerson $180,000 4/30/2023
South Dakota Summit Todd Lee $265,000 6/21/2021 Receives $2,500 for each postseason game played.
South Dakota State Summit Eric Henderson $275,000 6/21/2024 Receives $10,000 for winning 20 games. Receives $5,000 for winning a regular season game against a Power 5, AAC or Big East team.
Southeast Missouri State Ohio Valley Rick Ray $175,000 4/30/2021 Receives $2,000 for 10 or more OVC regular season wins. Receives $2,000 for 6 or more non-conference wins in a season. Receives a bonus for finishing at least 250 in RPI.
Southeastern Louisiana Southland David Kiefer $103,592 We only have his appointment letter, which was mailed on July 29, 2019.
Southern SWAC Sean Woods $125,000 6/30/2021 Receives $5,000 for winning 20 games and a half month's salary for making a non-NCAA postseason tournament. Receives $30,000 if $425,000 or more in guarantee games checks is collected during a season.
Southern Illinois Missouri Valley Bryan Mullins $475,000 3/31/2024 Receives $10,000 for winning 20 games. Receives an additional $10,000 for winning 25 games. Receives $5,000 for every SIU sell out.
Southern Miss CUSA Jay Ladner $315,000 We only have his appointment letter, which was mailed on April 30, 2019.
Southern Utah Big Sky Todd Simon $149,000 3/22/2022 Receives $10,000 for marketing appearances. Receives $2,500 for a regular season victory in a guarantee game. Receives $2,500 for beating BYU, Utah, or UNLV.
Stephen F. Austin Southland Kyle Keller $375,000 After the final game of the 2022-23 season. Receives $5,000 for a 20-win season. Receives $5,000 for a CIT or CBI appearance. If SFA receives more than $225,000 in guarantee game compensation it's split evenly between the coach and SFA.
Stetson ASUN Donnie Jones
Stony Brook America East Geno Ford $365,000 3/31/2024 Receives $1,000 when student-athletes win America East individual awards. Receives $1,000 for defeating a Top 25 opponent.
Tennessee State Ohio Valley Brian Collins $200,000
Tennessee Tech Ohio Valley John Pelphrey $140,000 We only have the offer letter, which was sent on April 6, 2019.
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Southland Willis Wilson $210,000 3/31/2023 Receives $750 per some student-athlete award in the Southland (1st team, All-Defense, All-Academic) and $500 per student-athlete for other awards (2nd and 3rd team). Receives $2,500 for a non-NIT/NCAA postseason appearance and $5,000 per win.
Texas–Arlington Sun Belt Chris Ogden $400,000 4/5/2023
Texas Southern SWAC Johnny Jones $250,000 6/30/2023 Receives $2,500 for winning 14 games. Receives $5,000 for winning 20 games. Defeating a Top 20 Mid-Major gets a $500 bonus. Receives $7,500 for defeating a ranked BCS team. Receives $50,000 for generating more than $250,000 in guarantee game revenue.
Texas State Sun Belt Danny Kaspar $302,079 4/3/2023
Toledo MAC Tod Kowalczyk $333,906 3/31/2024 Receives $30,000 in marketing compensation which increases by $15,000 each year. Receives 5% of his base salary if he wins the West Division.
Towson CAA Pat Skerry $445,000 4/6/2025 Receives $10,000 if he wins 20 games or $15,000 if he wins 25 games.
Troy Sun Belt Scott Cross
UAB CUSA Robert Ehsan $400,000 4/1/2022 Receives a $25,000 media fee. Receives a $25,000 promotional and fundraising fee.
UC Davis Big West Jim Les $350,000 6/30/2025 Receives a $53,333 retention bonus on Oct. 1 of each year if certain criteria are met, including earning more than $300,000 in guarantee game payments. Receives $7,500 if the team finishes in 2nd or 3rd in the Big West. Receives $7,500 if the team wins 20 games.
UC Irvine Big West Russell Turner $364,000 4/30/2025 Receives $85,000 per year for media appearances. Receives $125,000 if he raises $275,000 in guarantee game fees and has an APR above 930. He doesn't have any other bonuses.
UC Riverside Big West David Patrick $271,000 3/31/2023 Receives $5,000 for being the Big West Tournament runner up.
UC Santa Barbara Big West Joe Pasternack $357,489 4/5/2022
UIC Horizon League Steve McClain $375,000 3/31/2021
UMass Atlantic 10 Matt McCall $250,000 3/28/2023 Receives $400,000 in supplemental compensation. Received a $175,000 retention bonus on July 1, 2019. The athletic director picks 5 games and if UMass wins them McCall receives a $2,500 for each. If he wins at least 12 Atlantic 10 games he receives bonuses. Receives a bonus for being in the Top 50 of RPI. Receives bonuses for attendance greater than 6,000 per game. UMass paid McCall's buyout with Tennessee-Chattanooga.
UMass Lowell America East Pat Duquette $250,113 6/30/2021 Receives $20,000 of the expected $170,000 in guarantee game compensation which can be added to his salary or for assistants or other men's basketball expenses.
UMBC America East Ryan Odom $425,000 4/30/2023 Receives $75,000 in media fees. Receives $75,000 in promotional fees. Receives $20,500 and up for CBI/CIT appearances. Receives $17,500 for competing in the America East final in an away gym.
UMKC WAC Billy Donlon $350,000 3/31/2025 Receives $2,500 for beating a ranked team. Receives $5,000 for winning 20 or more games. Receives $2,000 for a non-NCAA or NIT postseason appearance.
UNC Asheville Big South Mike Morrell $135,000 4/30/2021
UNC Greensboro Southern Conference Wes Miller $301,150 6/30/2029 Receives an $80,000 retention bonus. Receives a bonus for finishing in the Top 100 of RPI. Receives $5,000 for each win over a Power 5 opponent. Receives $5,000 for a 20-win season. Receives a bonus for an average home attendance over 1,000.
UNC Wilmington CAA C.B. McGrath $300,000 3/31/2022 Receives $150,000 in supplemental compensation. Receives a $15,000 for being in the Top 100 of RPI. Receives 20% of season ticket revenue over $250,000.
UNLV Mountain West T. J. Otzelberger $350,000 6/30/2024 Receives $375,000 for media fees. Receives a $375,000 name, image and likeness fee.
UT Martin Ohio Valley Anthony Stewart $150,000 4/15/2020 Receives an automatic 4-year extension if he wins more than 50% of his games, finishes in the Top 4 of the OVC standings, finishes in the top two in the OVC West standings, or makes the conference semifinals. Receives $5,000 if the Men's Basketball team stays under its budget. Receives $5,000 for a bye in the OVC tournament. Received a $5,000 retention bonus.
Utah State Aggies Mountain West Craig Smith $550,000 3/31/2023 Receives $125,000 in media fees. Receives a bonus for the team being ranked in the Top 25 at the end of the season. Receives $5,000 for defeating either BYU or Utah. Utah State paid Smith's buyout with South Dakota.
Utah Valley Wolverines WAC Mark Madsen $225,000 3/15/2022 Receives $25,000 for securing $150,000 in guarantee game compensation. Receives a $25,000 retention bonus. Has bonuses for both total attendance and student attendance. Receives $5,000 for winning a buy game against an out-of-state opponent. Receives $10,000 for winning 20 games. Receives $5,000 for each CBI or CIT win.
UTEP Miners CUSA Rodney Terry $725,000 8/31/2023 Receives one month salary for winning the pre-season NIT or finishing in the Top 25 nationally. Receives one week's salary if season ticket sales increase by 20% over the previous season.
UTRGV Vaqueros WAC Lew Hill $294,000 4/30/2024 Receives $2,500 for participating in the CBI or CIT.
UTSA Roadrunners CUSA Steve Henson $325,000 3/31/2024 Receives a minimum of $50,000 but up to $100,000 in supplemental compensation for media appearances. Receives $1,500 for a win over a Power 5 program. Receives $12,000 for each year attendance is greater than 1,000 per game. Receives $5,000 for each season the student attendance is greater than 500 per game.
Valparaiso Crusaders Missouri Valley Matt Lottich
VCU Rams Atlantic 10 Mike Rhoades $459,000 4/30/2025 Receives $1,041,000 in supplemental compensation. Receives $20,000 for winning 20 games. Receives $3,500 per national TV appearance.
Vermont Catamounts America East John Becker $318,270 6/30/2021 Receives $5,000 for hosting a first round tournament game. Receives 50% of all revenue generated from men's basketball game guarantees above $130,000 up to a max of $57,500. Received a $30,000 retention bonus on July 1, 2019.
VMI Keydets Southern Conference Dan Earl $135,000 4/30/2022 Receives $5,000 for a winning record. Receives $5,000 for playing in the Southern Conference championship game.
Wagner Seahawks NEC Bashir Mason
Weber State Wildcats Big Sky Randy Rahe $192,594 3/31/2024 Receives a $140,000 retention bonus each July 1. Receives $10,000 for media appearances.
Western Carolina Catamounts Southern Conference Mark Prosser $205,000 3/31/2023 Receives $10,000 for appearing in the Southern Conference tournament finals.
Western Illinois Leathernecks Summit Billy Wright $132,500 3/31/2020 WIU plays a 3rd guarantee game every other year to fund the Director of Basketball Operations position.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers CUSA Rick Stansbury $650,000 6/30/2020 Has an extension through 2022-23 season built in. Receives 50% of all gross ticket revenues that exceed $800,000. Receives 5% of his base salary for a Top 30 finish in the RPI.
Western Michigan Broncos MAC Steve Hawkins $225,000 5/31/2020 Receives $80,000 for media appearances. Receives $80,000 for public appearances. Receives $10,000 for winning his division of the MAC. Receives $5,000 for appearing in a non-NCAA or NIT postseason tournament. Receives $3,000 if recognized as the MAC Coach of the Year by any number of outlets. Receives $2,000 for each MAC First Team or First Academic Team All-Conference selection. Receives $1,500 for each MAC Second Team or Second Academic Team All-Conference selection. Receives $15,000 for winning 20 games.
William & Mary Tribe CAA Dane Fischer $225,000 6/30/2024 Is guaranteed a 5% raise if the team goes .500 in conference play. Receives a $25,000 retention bonus. Receives $25,000 for media appearances. Receives $25,000 for public appearances. Receives $5,000 for a 20-win season. receives $10,000 for a 25-win season. Receives $5,000 for beating an AP Top 25 team. Receives $1,000 for winning in Rd. 2 or Rd. 3 of the CAA Tournament.
Winthrop Eagles Big South Pat Kelsey $227,150 3/31/2024 Receives $50,000 in retention bonuses. Receives $1 for each men's home basketball ticket sold above 11,151 up to a maximum of $10,000 per season.
Wofford Terriers Southern Conference Jay McAuley
Wright State Raiders Horizon League Scott Nagy $500,000 4/30/2021
Wyoming Cowboys Mountain West Allen Edwards $220,008 4/30/2021 Receives another $290,000 in guaranteed compensation for ticket sales, media, etc.
Yale Bulldogs Ivy League James Jones
Youngstown State Penguins Horizon League Jerrod Calhoun $200,000 4/30/2022 Receives a bonus for finishing 5th or better in the Horizon League (starts at $5,000 and goes up). Receives a $10,000 bonus for beating any Power 5, Big East or AAC team. Receives a bonus for finishing in the Top 150 in RPI.