College basketball coaching is a highly competitive and lucrative profession, with many coaches earning salaries that rival or surpass those of professional coaches. Here are the top 10 college basketball coaching salaries for the 2021-2022 season (it should be noted that Mike Krzyzewski, who ranked #2 on this list, retired after the season).
- John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats: $9,300,000
- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Blue Devils: $7,256,924
- Bill Self, Kansas Jayhawks: $5,408,000
- Tom Izzo, Michigan State Spartans: $5,000,000
- Rick Pitino, Iona Gaels: $4,999,999
- Chris Beard, Texas Longhorns: $4,500,000
- Roy Williams, North Carolina Tar Heels: $4,100,000
- Buzz Williams, Texas A&M Aggies: $4,000,000
- Bruce Pearl, Auburn Tigers: $3,950,000
- Tony Bennett, Virginia Cavaliers: $3,750,000
It should be noted that these figures do not include bonuses or other forms of compensation, which can significantly increase a coach’s total earnings. Additionally, these salaries are only for the head coach of a college basketball team and do not include the salaries of assistant coaches or other staff.
Despite the high salaries of college basketball coaches, the job is not without its challenges. Coaches are under constant pressure to win games and compete for championships, and they often face intense scrutiny from fans, media, and boosters. Additionally, they must deal with the challenges of recruiting top talent and managing a roster of college-aged players. However, for those who are successful, the rewards can be substantial, both financially and in terms of career advancement.