Gophers, Pitino agree to terms on new contract with $400K raise
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota has finalized a two-year contract extension for coach Richard Pitino through the 2020-21 season, including a $400,000 raise.
The university released the details Tuesday, months after the terms were agreed to while Norwood Teague was the athletic director. Pitino, who finished his second year as coach of the Gophers, will now make $1.6 million annually. His $500,000 base salary stayed the same; his supplemental compensation was bumped up from $700,000 to $1.1 million.
Pitino is still well within the bottom half of the Big Ten, in terms of money being made by the men’s basketball coaches in the conference.
Pitino has a 43-28 record at Minnesota. The Gophers won the NIT in 2014 but missed the postseason altogether in 2015.
Pitino also has a "contract fulfillment incentive" of $450,000 if he’s still at Minnesota on April 30. There’s another one scheduled for April 30, 2019. Those incentives were increased by $50,000 from the original deal.
If Pitino were to leave his post prior to April 16, the university would be owed $1.5 million. That’s the same language as the initial contract. In the amendment, two additional buyout levels were inserted: $1 million for a departure between May 1 and April 30, 2017, and $750,000 for the period covering May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. After that until the expiration of the contract, the amount would be $500,000.
Teague resigned this month, following sexual harassment complaints against him. He has been replaced on an interim basis by Beth Goetz.
"Being the basketball coach at this tremendous university is something I cherish every day," Pitino said in a statement prepared by the university. "My family and I love living in the Twin Cities and we look forward to continuing to build this basketball program the right way."
The university also gave women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings and softball coach Jessica Allister raises and extended contracts without changing the compensation for wrestling coach J Robinson, men’s track and field and cross country coach Steve Plasencia and women’s rowing coach Wendy Davis.
Stollings had a year added to her deal, through the 2020-21 season, with a $75,000 annual increase in supplemental compensation. She’ll make $500,000 per year, plus 5 percent annual increases to her $350,000 base salary. Stollings, in her first season with the program, led the Gophers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009.
The softball team under Allister went 49-11, setting a program record for winning percentage.