No college basketball coach is better compensated than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
Coach K has been at Duke since 1980 (36 years). He has turned the Blue Devils into the premiere hoops school in the country.
It is hard to argue with this resume:
- Five National Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015)
- Nine NCAA Championship game appearances.
- 12 ACC regular season championships and 13 ACC Tournament championships.
- 12 Final Four appearances and 13 Elite Eight appearances.
- All-time leader in NCAA Tournament wins.
- Two National Coach of the Year Awards.
- Three-time Naismith Award winner.
- Five-time ACC Coach of the Year.
Considering the resumes of some of the other coaches near the top of this list, Coach K seems like a bargain.
The table below lists only school-paid salary. Many coaches receive other compensation and have incentives built into their contracts.
College Basketball Coach Salary: List of Highest Paid
Why Do Men’s D1 NCAAB Coaches Make So Much Money Each Year?
You might be shocked at how much some of these guys make, but just remember how much money a basketball program can generate for a school. A good team gets 20+ home games drawing 10,000 plus in attendance, buying tickets, paying for parking, and then emptying out the concession stands. A bad team sees the seats half-empty. Even average teams can afford millions of dollars to the coaching staffs.
It’s no surprise that the top conferences like the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 litter the top of the list. They have the biggest arenas and generate the most revenue. Mid-majors though get addicted to winning, and they will do the best they can to hold on to someone who gives them hope of going to the tournament and competing every year.
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