UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma has signed a $10.8 million contract that will keep him at the school through the 2017-18 season, according to a report Wednesday night from The Hartford-Courant. The five-year contract, which does not include bonuses, makes him the highest paid coach in women's basketball history.
Built into the deal are his fees for institutional speaking engagements, which will increase by more than $100,000 each year, and "media-related appearances." The deal is a slight increase from his current contract, which paid him $8 million over five years.
Auriemma has won 30 or more games in each of his past eight seasons with the Huskies and a total of seven national championships. He also led the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team to gold this past summer in London.
UConn's Director of Athletics Warde Manuel provided some insight into how the school arrived at $10.8 million for Auriemma, according to The Hartford-Courant report:
"It's hard to discern how his salary relates to the amount of income his program and his efforts help generate for the university. But from what we can tell, we are one of the top revenue generators, if not the best, in women's basketball. So on top of the goodwill and positive attributes he brings to the department and university, he also helps us generate revenue in many ways."