Highest Paid Coaches in NCAA Basketball

I think that everyone can agree that becoming an athlete or a team coach for a professional or semi professional sport not only pays tremendously well but can sometimes seem like it’s a little too much. But what exactly is the level of too much pay and who exactly has had the highest numbers as a NCAA coach?

Anyone can speculate who was the best coach out of the available teams but there is no speculating on who had the highest pay out of all of the NCAA coaches. Below are a list of some of the most highest paid coaches in the league and when you see the numbers it just may blow your mind. Every single one of these people make more than the President of our United States.

The highest ever paid coach in the NCAA is John Calipari, who is the coach for the college basketball team of University of Kentucky. John Calipari has a whopping total pay of $6,356,756 with a maximum bonus of $50,000. Yes you read that right. It’s no wonder why Calipari has been with the team since the 2009-2010 season.

The second highest paid coach in the NCAA is Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K coaches for Duke University basketball team and has a whopping pay of $6,043,979 with it no maximum bonus. Coach K has been coaching since the 1980s when he took over the team and since then has won 960 games, but in total, 1033 career games.

The third highest paid coach is Rick Pitino, who coaches for the Louisville Cardinals, has had a 30 year coaching career and has led his team to the NCAA tournament 12 times. coach Pitino has had 737 victories in his career. Rick Pitino’s total pay as a NCAA coach is $6,004,529 with a max bonus pay of $775,000.

Bill Self, coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, has been with the team since 2003 and since then has earned his total pay of $4,955,186 with a maximum bonus of $525,000.Coach Self has led his team to 12 consecutive NCAA tournaments where they ended up in the final four two different times and he ended up winning everything in 2008.

Another high paid coach is Tom Izzo, who happens to be Michigan State’s basketball coach. Coach Izzo has had his career for over 20 years and stayed in one spot the whole time bringing his team to the NCAA tournament 18 different times. Izzo also made sure his team made it to the final four 7 different times, winning in 2000. Tom Izzo’s pay in total is $4,006,955 with a max bonus of $350,000. With a career like his, it is a surprise to see such a lower pay compared to the above mentioned coaches.

Sean Miller, Coach of the Arizona Wildcats sense 2009, has a total pay of $3,484,500 and a max bonus pay of $1,260,000. Miller has led the Wildcats to 3 Pac- 12 season crowns as well as one NCAA tournament title.I don’t think Coach Miller will be going anywhere anytime soon.

Ohio state basketball coach Thad Matta, took over the buckeyes in 2004 and since then has gotten the team to win five Big Ten season crowns, four conference tournaments, and two final four achievements. With a beautiful career like this it is no wonder why Matta has a total pay of $3,372,000 with a maximum bonus of $410,000.

Imagine what your life could have been if you decided to become a basketball coach, which is obviously not for everyone. These are only seven out of the very many coaches out there between the NCAA, NFL, NBA and any other semi major or major league team. They better keep up the good work otherwise we can expect to see them disappear fast.