Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Men’s college basketball coaches make slightly less on average than their football brethren, with an average salary of $1.4 million among coaches at public universities who made the NCAA tournament. Kentucky’s John Calipari led the list at $5 million, followed by Louisville’s Rick Pitino at $3.9 million, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski at $4.7 million, Florida’s Billy Donovan at $3.6 million and Kansas’ Bill Self at $3.4 million.
Those numbers, however, don’t always show the whole picture. For example, a Duke University federal tax return filed for 2010-11 shows Krzyzewski made $8.9 million when bonuses, incentives, retirement/deferred compensation and non-taxable benefits are included.
Women’s college basketball coaches have also seen salaries rise in recent years, with the top five all receiving more than $1 million per year. Prior to retiring, Pat Summitt led the list at $2 million. UConn’s Geno Auriemma becomes the highest-paid women’s college basketball coach at $1.6 million. Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer and Texas’ Gail Goestenkors (who has since resigned) follow at $1.1 million each.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.