Winning a national championship is a dream come true – but it’s also a big payday for UW coaches.
On top of his $362,000 salary, University of Wisconsin-Madison volleyball head coach Kelly Sheffield earned a bonus of about $109,000 bonus for winning the national championship in 2021, plus a bonus of about $18,000 for winning the Big Ten, according to the YOUR Post Season Bonus Policy.
His total earnings for the 2021-2022 academic year will be nearly $490,000, making Sheffield one of the top earners in the Wisconsin athletics division this year, though still lagging far behind the head coaches of football and men’s basketball.
UW head coaches receive a 5% bonus for winning the conference and a bonus of up to 30% for winning a national championship, according to the school’s bonus schedule.
The official with the highest salary in the state is UW head football coach Paul Chryst. He will earn a salary of more than $5.25 million in 2021-2022, according to a contract update in September. But only a small portion of Chryst’s seven-figure salary comes from college, more than 90 percent of which is paid by the University of Wisconsin Foundation, a nonprofit funded by private donors.
These boosters pay most of the salaries of the head coaches of men’s football and basketball.
Chryst, men’s basketball head coach Greg Gard and men’s hockey head coach Tony Granato all receive an annual salary of $400,000 from the athletics department.
In addition to his salary, Chryst gets $125,000 a year for travel and entertainment, which includes two cars and a family club membership.
Under his contract, Gard will earn an additional $2.25 million from the foundation for a total salary of $2.65 million in 2021-2022, plus two cars and a family club membership.
Granato earns another $200,000 from the foundation for a total salary of $600,000, plus one car, according to his contract.
Under his contract, women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson will earn a base salary of approximately $365,000 in the 2021-2022 season.
UW’s athletic department says it’s not funded by taxpayers’ money. Generally, it generates its revenue through donations, ticket sales, third-party agreements such as those with apparel partner Under Armour, and money from TV revenue, bowl games and the NCAA tournament, said Justin Doherty, senior associate athletic director.
The highest paid public college coach in the country is Alabama’s Nick Saban, who will receive a salary of nearly $10 million in 2021-2022. Chryst’s $5.25 million deal would rank in the top 20 highest-paid college football coaches — and sixth highest in the 14-team Big Ten — behind Penn State’s James Franklin, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz, Ryan Day of Ohio State, Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern and Mel Tucker of the State of Michigan.
Gard’s salary places him outside the top 25 highest-paid basketball coaches in the country.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers receives an annual salary of $152,756.
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