The success of the University at Albany men’s basketball team this season has been rewarding in more ways than one for coach Will Brown.
The Great Danes finished the regular season 21-10 and are making their third trip to the NCAA tournament during Brown’s tenure. UAlbany also appeared in the tournament in 2006 and 2007.
Brown’s current contract with the university has incentive bonuses based on performance. His base salary is $215,000. If the team finishes better than .500 in the conference, Brown receives $200 for every victory above .500.
He also would receive $2,000 if the Danes beat a team that is ranked in the top 25 of the NCAA RPI ranking.
Had the team won the regular season title (most victories in the conference), he would have received $10,000. Instead, the university’s conference record earned them the fourth seed.
The team’s victory over Stony Brook University in the semifinals of the America East conference tournament earned Brown another $2,500 and the win over Vermont in the championship earned Brown $7,500 more.
Now, UAlbany takes on Duke University in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
If the team beats Duke, Brown will receive $5,000. If the team progresses through the rounds, Brown will receive an additional $10,000 for reaching the Sweet Sixteen, another $15,000 for reaching the Elite Eight, $25,000 for getting to the Final Four, $35,000 for winning a national semifinal game and $50,000 for winning the NCAA championship.
The 15th-seeded UAlbany Great Danes must first get by the second-seeded Duke University Blue Devils. Since the field expanded to 64 teams, only six times has a No. 15 team beaten a No. 2.
Brown’s current contract also lets him do commercial endorsements with the approval of university officials. He also receives a car, a $5,000 clothing allowance, golf club membership and 12 season tickets to regular season home games and six tickets to the conference and NCAA tournaments.
Brown earned a total salary of $296,794 in 2012, according to the website SeeThroughNY.net.
He is making quite a bit more than he made the first time the Great Danes were in the tournament. In 2006, as a No. 16 seed, UAlbany nearly upset top-seeded Connecticut in the opening round. The Great Danes were up by 12 points with 10 minutes to go before UConn’s Huskies took control.
Brown was making $105,000 in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he signed a five-year contract that made him the third-highest paid coach in the America East Conference at the time, according to a Daily Gazette article. That contract has since been extended.
In 2007, UAlbany lost to the University of Virginia in the opening round.