Nine Georgia coaches signed contract extensions this month, and five saw increases in their base salaries in the last year.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the extensions provide some consistency throughout the athletic department while not making the contract length too long.
“I think our coaches that have been here for sometime are either on three- or four-year contracts,” said McGarity, who is nearing his start of fourth year as athletic director. “I think everybody’s comfortable with that, and it’s the amount of years that we’re all comfortable in dealing with moving forward.”
Andy Landers, the Georgia women’s basketball coach, signed a three-year extension through the 2017 season, and his base salary was increased to $400,000 from $250,000. His annual supplemental compensation was decreased from $200,000 to $50,000, with the difference being made up in his base salary increase.
McGarity said reworking a coach’s base salary — while keeping total compensation the same — provides greater fiduciary reward for in-season and post-season achievements. Landers, who has been at Georgia since 1979, received a $45,000 achievement bonus after the Lady Bulldogs reached the 2013 Elite Eight, his contract stipulates.
“So while some may not have a [total] salary increase … it does enhance the post-season rewards program that we have in place since it is based on base salary,” McGarity said.
McGarity said that was the case with swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle, men’s golf coach Chris Haack, softball coach Lu Harris-Champer, women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace and men’s tennis coach Manuel Diaz, who all saw their base salaries increase this time last year but their total compensation remained the same.
“We’ve kind of done that across the board,” McGarity said. “We’ve had so many different ways that individuals were compensated and it doesn’t change the total amount of compensation, but it may mean that their base may change and it’s so much simpler because at the end of the day they’re guaranteed that amount of money annually any way.”
Landers also saw his $125,000 longevity bonus increase by $75,000 to $200,000 if his contract is not terminated before June 30, 2017.
Bauerle, whose women’s team won the NCAA championship in March, signed a one-year extension through 2017.
Bauerle, who has been at Georgia since 1979 coaching the women and 1983 coaching the men, received a base salary increase from $190,000 to $250,000 when he signed a one-year extension in Sept. 2012 before his most recent extension.
And with that base salary increase came an increase in his achievement bonus — after the Lady Bulldogs won the national title this year, Bauerle earned a bonus of 15 percent of his base salary, which is $37,500.
Two coaches signed one-year extensions after having completed their first years as head coaches at Georgia.
Gymnastics coach Danna Durnate already signed a one-year extension — through 2019 — after the Gym Dogs went to the NCAA Super Six for the first time since 2009. Her longevity bonus was increased $10,000 to $70,000.
Women’s golf coach Josh Brewer singed the same extension.
McGarity said it can be difficult for first-year head coaches to get their feet under them in the first 12 months, leading him to return that year to them.
“I felt like it was important to give them a year back because what they’ve done after their first year … they have obviously done a tremendous amount of work and that’s sort of a reward for letting them know we have confidence in them for the long haul,” he said.
Coaches who signed extensions:
Chris Haack, men’s golf coach — two-year extension through 2017.
Wayne Norton, track and field coach — two-year extension through 2016.
Meghan Boenig, equestrian coach — two-year extension through 2017.
Lu Harris-Champer, softball coach — two-year extension through 2017.
Jeff Wallace, men’s tennis coach — two-year extension through 2017.
Andy Landers, women’s basketball coach — three-year extension through 2017.
Jack Bauerle, swimming and diving coach — one-year extension through 2017.
Danna Durante, gymnastics coach — one-year extension through 2019.
Josh Brewer, women’s golf coach — one-year extension through 2019.
Coaches who received base salary increases in 2012 (total compensation remaining the same):
Jeff Wallace — $129,434 to $162,434 ($33,000 increase)
Chris Haack — $122,545 to $200,000 ($77,455 increase)
Manuel Diaz, men’s tennis — $177,727 to $240,000 ($62,273 increase)
Lu Harris-Champer — $115,850 to $140,000 ($24,150 increase)
Jack Bauerle — $190,000 to $250,000 ($60,000 increase)