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Report: New Basketball Assistant Coach Salaries Released

Michigan Basketball has not kept up with market rates for assistant coaches

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Brendan Quinn is reporting that he has obtained the contract information for Michigan Basketball’s two new assistant coaches, Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Haynes. Quinn submitted a FOIA request to the school and was able to obtain the information. Quinn also obtained the details of a new contract signed by returning assistant coach Saddi Washington.

As you can see in the tweet above, both assistants received two-year contracts - which is more or less standard in today’s day and age. Yaklich will be paid $225,000 per year and Haynes will be paid $200,000. There is also a bonus system that could result in an additional $67,500 for each coach, if all targets are met (B1G Championship, BTT Championship, and National Championship). Returning assistant coach Saddi Washington also signed a new two-year contract, under which his compensation rose from $205,000 to $250,000.

Now that these figures have been released a figurative bow has been put on Basketball’s administrative off-season and fans can again turn to what will take place on the floor in the coming season. However, these figures also raise some questions.

It’s widely known that Michigan Football generously compensates its coaches, both Jim Harbaugh and assistants, at rates that are near the top of any list detailing coach compensation. In basketball, this appears to not be the case.

For comparison, Ohio State’s new assistant coaches will earn $395,000, $325,000, and $300,000, respectively, according to a report published shortly after Chris Holtman was hired. At Michigan State, the assistant coaches earned $287,000 or $266,500 last year, according to MLive.

What accounts for these differences? Honestly, I don’t know. I can’t think of a good reason why Michigan assistants should make 33% to 43.5% less than an in-state rival and 50% to 97.5% less than an out-of-state rival (based on Haynes’ salary of $200,000). Michigan’s athletic department is among the most profitable in the nation, despite a recent increase in spending on new facilities, so I don’t think it’s a matter of dollars and cents.

If Michigan is willing to spend top dollar on football assistant coaches, why aren’t they willing to pay (comparatively) top dollar on basketball assistant coaches? Beilein is on the cusp of cementing Michigan as an annually competitive team. Should he not have available an assistant salary pool with which he can attract top-flight coaches? One must wonder if this disparity is one reason why Beilein has lost several assistant coaches to other programs in recent years, and why it took so long to fill the vacancies this off-season.