Maryland’s assistants do have larger bonus components than any school included in the study other than Clemson. Booth, Driesell and Ehsan can earn up to a combined $145,000 in bonuses for meeting various criteria under their current deals, while Clemson’s staff can earn up to $242,419 in bonus pay.
Those clauses include rewards for winning the ACC regular-season or tournament title ($8,000 each for Driesell, $5,500 each for Booth and Ehsan), appearances in the NCAA tournament ($3,000 a round for Driesell, $2,750 for Booth and Ehsan) and exemplary graduation rates (up to $10,000 for Driesell, up to $8,000 for Booth and Ehsan).
All three receive a $10,000 “citizenship bonus” in any year members of the men’s basketball program face no violations of the university code of conduct or code of academic integrity, there are no arrests, indictments or convictions for criminal conduct and there is no neglectful or willful violation of NCAA rules.
Eaton declined to comment on specifics of the proposed new bonuses but indicated Maryland would overtake Clemson’s staff for maximum available bonus money available.
“Maryland already offers the second richest bonus structure among ACC public institutions, and the additional bonuses for performance tied to the NCAA Tournament will place our assistant coaches at the top moving forward,” Eaton wrote.
Second on campus
The Maryland men’s assistants trail not only their conference counterparts but also the other basketball team on campus.
The women’s assistants are guaranteed $354,365 - nearly $60,000 more than three men’s assistants. When the salaries for Williams and women’s head coach Brenda Frese are included, the men’s coaches earn more than $1 million than the women’s coaches.
Eaton said each of the women’s assistants was hired into their current positions in 2009 and that the state’s salary freeze does not affect the compensation of new hires. However, those assistants’ current salaries are now frozen, just like existing contracts.
Maryland employs Tina Langley ($134,185), Marlin Chinn ($120,090) and David Adkins ($100,090) as women’s assistants. Langley’s base pay is $105,745, Chinn’s is $91,650 and Adkins’ is $83,650.
The Maryland women’s assistants compare favorably - but are not outliers - to the rest of their ACC peers in guaranteed compensation. Langley ranks seventh among the 24 women’s assistants, while Chinn is ninth and Adkins is 15th.
Langley is in her ninth season as a college coach, Chinn is in his 12th season in the college game and Adkins is in his first season at the level. Langley is in her second year at Maryland and first as Frese’s top assistant; Chinn and Adkins are both in their first season with the Terps.
Among ACC schools, Maryland ranks behind only Virginia ($466,000) and North Carolina ($396,000) in guaranteed women’s basketball assistant compensation - and Terps assistants can earn up to $141,000 in bonuses under a structure similar to the current contracts for Booth, Driesell and Ehsan.
Lagging in the ACC
Booth, Driesell and Ehsan combine to make $295,789 - more than $100,000 less in guaranteed compensation than the staffs at Virginia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Florida State and Clemson.