Friday, June 5, 2009

Texas football coaches salaries dwarf regular teachers

Interesting article in the Austin (TX) Statesman.

Using records obtained through a public information act, the newspaper discovered that football coaches in that state's largest two classes, 5A and 4A, schools with at least 950 students are making an average of $73,804. Teachers in those same schools average $42,400.

Ten years ago, an Associated Press study found that 5A and 4A coaches earned an average of $54,000 and the teachers earned $31,000.

So the gap is widening.

Among Texas' 461 large high schools, 27 pay the football coach more than the principal, and five make more than $100,000.

Ennis High's Sam Harrell earns $106,004, the highest in the group.

The lowest-paid is Houston Furr's Cornell Gray, who earns $42,300.

The 10 highest-paid coaches in 2005-06 have combined to win seven state championships since 2000.

The paper points out that Texas football coaches work a 226-day school year versus 187 days for a regular teacher, and Texas Education Commissioner Shirley Neeley told the paper: "I think all of these coaches earn every penny that they get. Those football coaches put in more hours than most people realize."

In South Carolina, three coaches earn more than $100,000 annually: Bill Kimrey of Dutch Fork ($104,141), Bob Hanna of Irmo ($104,141) and Allen Sitterle of Lexington ($101,260. There are 52 S.C. coaches making between $75,000 and $100,000.

That's caused some N.C. coaches to look across the border.

Recently Garinger's Chris Carter said his salary more than doubled when he left Garinger, a struggling 4A school that ended a 61-game on-field win streak last season, for Lake Marion High in Santee, S.C. Carter's predecessor made $58,544. Carter is expected to earn more.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.


Anonymous said...

The new double dipping rule, if prolonged, will cause a stampede of NC coaches to SC

Anonymous said...

I wish that article would have provided numbers regarding the money those football programs generated for their schools. I'm sure the higher pay is justified by a substantial ROI.

Anonymous said...

You would need to take into consideration the cost of the programs as well.

I just cannot get over the typo in the freakin' headline! It's dwarf...not drawf. The coaches probably make more money than journalists too.

Anonymous said...

Incorrect assumption that the gap is widening......both sets of numbers (past and present) are pretty much the same when viewed as a ratio....Teachers make about 57% of what head coaches make using either set of numbers.

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