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MONTVERDE, Fla.

Over more than two decades, Kevin Boyle built New Jersey's St. Patrick High School into one of the premiere basketball programs in the country. But last week he was lured to a small, private school in Florida by an offer that was simply too good to pass up.

Boyle accepted the head coaching position at Montverde Academy, near Orlando, after the school offered him more than $100,000 a year, Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday. The 48-year-old Boyle was also given a car to use and provided with a house for himself and his family across the street from the school, according to a report by New York's SNY-TV.

The SNY report indicated that Boyle is now making $130,000 a year, which would mean he will be paid more than three Division I college coaches whose teams played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

According to available salary figures published last month by USA Today, Northern Colorado's B.J. Hill made $85,000 this year, North Carolina-Asheville's Eddie Biedenbach made $106,000, and Alabama State's Lewis Jackson made $127,717.

Three St. Patrick players say Boyle told them directly that he would be making more than $100,000, though the coach denies ever mentioning those details and disputes the reports of his salary figure.

"All I told [the players] was that I had a better opportunity for my family," Boyle told Yahoo Sports.

"I would never get into confidential contract details. Any contract between me and the school is obviously in the strictest confidence unless the school decided to divulge it. Unless I knew differently I wouldn't release it, and the [SNY] writer never talked to me about the contract."

The terms outlined in the SNY report were also disputed by Montverde's headmaster Kasey Kesselring.

"While the terms of Coach Boyle's compensation package are contractually confidential and will remain so, I will say for the record that what has been reported is false and has been misused," Kesselring said in an email to Yahoo! Sports.

Boyle is no stranger to the top college basketball coaches, since his star players have routinely been among the most highly recruited in the country.

NBA players Al Harrington and Samuel Dalembert played for Boyle. The St. Patrick point guard last season was Kyrie Irving, who went on to star at Duke and could end up as the first player picked in June's NBA draft.

This past season, Boyle's top player was senior forward Michael Gilchrist -- who is set to play for John Calipari at Kentucky -- as his squad finished 26-1 and was ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today.

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