University of Kentucky basketball coaches to get almost $800,000 in bonuses for tournament wins

lblackford@herald-leader.comApril 9, 2014 

The Kentucky men's basketball coaching staff, from left, assistant John Robic, outgoing assistant Orlando Antigua, head coach John Calipari and assistant Kenny Payne, was rewarded for the team's post-season success.

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An NCAA basketball tournament appearance is good for a school's brand, and it's also good for the coaches' bottom lines.

The University of Kentucky will pay about $792,000 to its men's and women's basketball coaches after the postseason, in which the women made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 and the men got to the NCAA title game.

The men's coaches will collect $663,530, with the remaining $128,937 going to the women's coaches. UK men's Coach John Calipari gets $350,000. (Connecticut men's Coach Kevin Ollie will get a $167,000 bonus for winning the NCAA tournament, according to press reports.)

Losing the finals of the SEC and NCAA tournaments was costly for Calipari. If his team had won those games, he would have received $50,000 for the SEC title and $350,000 for the NCAA title.

Still, a bigger bonus is coming this summer. Since 2012, Calipari has received a $1 million retention bonus each year on July 1. That contract clause continues through 2019. Calipari's base annual pay is $3.8 million, but with endorsement and broadcast deals, that figure tops $5 million.

Although men's coaches are eligible for multiple bonuses each year, the contracts of women's coaches limit them to one bonus for post-season play. For example, the women's coaches received a bonus equal to 1½ months' salary for making it to the Sweet 16.

Had the team made a Final Four appearance, each coach would have gotten a bonus worth two months' salary.

 

UK Athletics staff bonuses

According to the incentive bonuses in their contracts, here's what each coach or staff member will get:
MEN'S BASKETBALL

Coach John Calipari
NCAA Sweet 16 appearance, $100,000; NCAA Elite Eight appearance, $100,000; Final Four, $150,000. Total payout: $350,000

 
 
Assistant Coach Orlando Antigua
NCAA participation, one month of his $275,000 annual salary, which is about $22,900; NCAA Final Four, two months of his salary, which is about $45,800. Total payout: About $68,700
 
 

Performance Coach Ray Oliver
NCAA participation, one month of his $166,425 annual salary, which is about $13,860; NCAA Final Four, two months of his salary, which is about $27,720. Total payout: About $41,580

 
 

Assistant Coach Kenneth Payne
NCAA participation, one month of his $350,000 annual salary, which is about $29,000; Final Four, two months of his salary, which is about $58,000. Total payout: About $87,000

 
 
Assistant Coach John Robic
NCAA participation, one month of his $300,000 annual salary, which is about $25,000; NCAA Final Four, two months of his salary, which is about $50,000. Total payout: About $75,000
 
 
Associate Athletics Director Chris Woolard
NCAA participation, one month of his $165,000 annual salary, which is about $13,750; NCAA Final Four, Two months of his salary, which is about $27,500. Total payout: About $41,250
 
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Coach Matthew Mitchell
NCAA Sweet 16, 1½ months of his $575,000 annual base salary, which is about $72,000.
 
 
Assistant Coach Jeffrey House
NCAA Sweet 16, 1½ months of his $185,000 annual salary, which is about $23,125.
 
 
Assistant Coach Shalon Pillow
NCAA Sweet 16, 1½ months of her $155,000 annual salary, which is about $19,375.
 
 
Assistant Coach Danielle Santos
NCAA Sweet 16, 1½ months of her $115,500 annual salary, which is about $14,437.
 
 
 

Linda Blackford: (859) 231-1359. Twitter: @lbblackford

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