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Most coaches just want the chance to lead a team and prove they are the nation’s best. In college baseball, leading a team to Omaha, Nebraska for the College World Series is just that chance.
Eight coaches made that journey, manning the dugouts at TD Ameritrade Park in the games that started Saturday, and Yahoo Sports reports that more than half of them took a pay cut this year due to the pandemic.
Tim Corbin, the coach of defending champion Vanderbilt, is likely the highest-paid member of the group, though it cannot be said for certain since the terms of Stanford coach David Esquer’s contract are not known.
Yahoo Sports reports the breakdown of each coach’s scheduled annual compensation, which does not include bonuses or the value of benefits and perks, coaching at the College World Series this year.
- Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin: $1.2 million.
- Yahoo Sports reports that this was Corbin’s base salary for 2019 calendar year, according to the school’s most recent federal tax records. Exact terms of his contract are not known.
- Arizona’s Jay Johnson: $856,687.
- After 20% COVID-19 pay reduction in effect from Aug. 10, 2020 through Dec. 27, 2020. The article states his total includes $302,300 as value of coach’s annual vesting in longevity fund units held by the University of Arizona Foundation on behalf of the university’s athletics department, as well as $65,000 paid from agreement with Nike.
- Virginia’s Brian O’Connor: $765,530.
- After 10% COVID-19 reduction in scheduled pay for current contract year in effect from July 1, 2020 through Dec. 24, 2020. Does not include money university is obligated to pay from agreement with Rawlings. He also earned a longevity bonus of $500,000 for staying on as coach from June 15, 2016, to June 1 of this year.
- Mississippi State’s Chris Lemonis: $750,000.
- Texas’s David Pierce: $731,250.
- After reduction of $118,750 due to COVID-19.
- Tennessee’s Tony Vitello: $550,000.
- After reduction of $50,000 due to COVID-19.
- N.C. State’s Elliott Avent: $434,833.33.
- After reduction of $65,166.67 due to COVID-19.
- Stanford’s David Esquer: N/A.
- Yahoo reports that Stanford is a private school and therefore not subject to public records laws. Esquer’s salary does not rank among the top five at the university, which means it does not appear on the school’s federal tax records.