September 25, 2013 2:27 PM EST
NCAA Basketball: Highest Paid Head Coaches
While the NCAA frowns upon schools paying their athletes, basketball head coaches make a ton of money. In fact, it might be the only factor where college teams are almost at par with their NBA counterparts. The average salary of coaches who made it to the 2013 NCAA Tournament is $1.47 million. This comes on the heels of revelations that sports coaches are among the highest paid employees, especially in state universities, being compensated better than state governors themselves. In contrast, academic spending at some schools is either decreasing or increasing at a slower rate.
The top-earning coaches listed here get their pay from monthly salaries, bonuses, or both. Not included are earnings outside college basketball, such as training camps and endorsements. All figures are current as of the previous NCAA tournament; many notable names not on the list have either resigned or taken on jobs elsewhere. One new member of the $1 Million Club, former Florida Gulf Coast coach and current USC coach Andy Enfield, earned his millions in healthcare software.
#10 Matt Painter, Purdue: $2.325 million
Purdue's Matt Painter, who has won more than 200 games in nine seasons at West Lafayette, is signed through the 2017-2018 season. Between 2005 to 2013, his Boilermakers have made it to the NCAA Tournament six times, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen twice.
#9 Rick Barnes, Texas: $2.4 million
Since taking on the Texas job in 1998, Rick Barnes has taken his team to the NCAA Tournament every year except in 2013, going to the Final Four once, in 2003. His Longhorns have also gone to the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight twice, transforming a football school into a basketball powerhouse.
#8 Buzz Williams, Marquette: $2.834 million
Known for his fiery personality and sideline antics, Buzz Williams has compiled a 136-71 record since taking over as Marquette's head coach in 2008, winning over 22 games each season. He has also led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament every year, going to the Elite Eight in 2013.
#7 Thad Matta, Ohio State: $3.2 million
Taking over a Buckeyes team that was a mere afterthought in Big Ten basketball, Thad Matta turned around the fortunes of his team, taking them to the NCAA championship game in just his third year. He has had a combined record of 250-73 since 2004 and has had six seasons with more than 25 wins and three with more than 30.
#6 Bill Self, Kansas: $3.633 million
One of a few coaches with over 300 wins, Kansas head coach Bill Self achieved that feat in just ten seasons, winning more than 30 games in each of six seasons. He also led the Jayhawks to the 2007 NCAA championship and the championship game in 2012, coaching 19 future NBA players along the way.
#5 Tom Izzo, Michigan State: $3,598,700
Tom Izzo has led Michigan State to either the NIT or the NCAA Tournament since 1995, when he took over the program. The Spartans have also gone to the Final Four six times, winning the championship in 1999 and finishing second in 2009. He is a respected figure on campus; he is known for convincing spectators at a football game to leave during a lightning delay.
#4 Billy Donovan, Florida: $3.639 million
Before starting a coaching career, Billy Donovan worked in Wall Street. He later joined his college coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky and made his way to Marshall, where he stayed two years. He took over the Gators in 1996, where he has been able to lead his team to the championship game three times, winning twice.
#3 Mike Krzyzewski, Duke: $4.7 million
You know you're a good coach when the student ticket camp is named after you. K-Ville is a phenomenon at Duke, where Krzyzewski's Blue Devils have compiled a total of 884 wins since 1980, marked by four NCAA championships. The former West Point cadet has also led the USA men's basketball team to two Olympic gold medal finishes, and has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
#2 Rick Pitino, Louisville: $4,812,769
After a less-than-stellar NBA head coaching career, Rick Pitino has steadily racked up the wins at Louisville, gathering a total of 310 victories with three Final Four appearances and one NCAA championship. He has also won another NCAA championship at in-state rival Kentucky in 1997 and has quite an extensive coaching tree, with 28 former players and assistants serving as head coaches in other teams.
#1 John Calipari, Kentucky: $5,387,978
Taking over the Kentucky Wildcats program in 2009, John Calipari has been plugging away since 1988. He has had a combined 526-162 record in three schools, missing the NCAA Tournament or the NIT only once, in his first year. He finally won an NCAA championship in 2011 and was the head coach of the Dominican Republic national team in 2012.