With March Madness in full swing, there is no better time than now to be a college basketball fan.
There is also no better time to be a Division I college basketball coach. The highest paid coaches are pulling in quite a bit of money, with several earning in excess of $3 million per year.
USA TODAY Sports, along with the help of the University of Georgia’s Grady Sports Media Program and the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ Sports Capital Journalism Program, created a unique methodology to calculate the total pay packages of some of the country’s top college basketball coaches.
Here’s the most recent data:
1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke: Total Pay of $7,299,666
2. John Calipari, Kentucky: Total Pay of $6,875,376
3. Sean Miller, Arizona: Total Pay of $4,945,664
4. Bill Self, Kansas: Total Pay of $4,943,776
5. Tom Izzo, Michigan State: Total Pay of $4,150,359
6. Bob Huggins, West Virginia: Total Pay of $3,340,000
7. Jamie Dixon, TCU (formerly of Pittsburgh): Total Pay of $3,234,437
8. Tom Crean, formerly of Indiana: Total Pay of $3,152,867
9. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State: Total Pay of $3,130,000
10. Kevin Ollie, Connecticut: Total Pay of $3,100,000
While these are the 10 highest-paid college basketball coaches – thanks in large part to their success on the court and the schools at which they coach – others, such as those at smaller institutions, also earn a pretty penny.
For example, Joe Dooley of Florida Gulf Coast University earns $259,861 in total pay. A bit lower on the chain is Nick McDevitt of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Even at $126,420, he’s earning a nice living from the sideline.
So, there you have it. The top college basketball coaches earn well into the seven figures, with those at the bottom of the pay scale still earning in excess of $100,000 per year.