March means college basketball, and the fun — madness, if you will — associated with sport’s win-or-go-home tournaments.
It’s big business, too.
The NCAA is several years into a 14-year media deal with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. to show the Division I men’s tournament, a deal which reportedly pays the NCAA more than $10,800,000.
Amongst coaches in the men’s tournament this year, Duke University men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski makes the most money per year at a reported $8,982,325. That figure makes Krzyzewski the second-highest paid college coach overall, behind Alabama football head coach Nick Saban, who reportedly makes $11,132,000.
Around the Capital Region?
Nobody is quite making that much money, but being a college coach comes with it a solid living. According to available public records, Siena College men’s basketball head coach Jimmy Patsos leads the area’s college coaching scene in salary at $369,000.
University at Albany men’s basketball head coach Will Brown isn’t far behind at $350,000.
Outside of that? Here’s a look at who makes what, and who spends what, amongst the Capital Region’s college sports scene.
(Note: Salary information used for individuals reflects only a person’s base salary. Numbers used for individuals working for private schools were obtained via 2015-16 IRS Form 990 documents, while information for individuals working for public schools is a yearly rate from the most recent information available through seethroughny.net. General spending information about area athletic departments comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis report.)
Pays to coach hoops
Four of the Capital Region’s highest-paid college coaches run the Division I men’s and women’s basketball programs at Siena and UAlbany.
The men’s coaches make more than their bosses, too.
While Patsos makes $369,000 and Brown makes $350,000, Siena athletic director John D’Argenio’s base salary is $139,206 — while UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson makes $268,275.
UAlbany women’s basketball head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee’s salary is $225,000, while Siena women’s basketball head coach Ali Jaques is at $128,787.
(At UAlbany, Bernabei-McNamee’s salary is the third-highest among coaches, behind Brown and football head coach Greg Gattuso, the latter of whom has a listed salary of $271,259. Full coaching salary records are not publicly available for Siena.)
Overall, both Siena and UAlbany spend a healthy chunk of their overall athletics budget on basketball.
At Siena, 26.3 percent of its athletics expenses are basketball-related — and 64.3 percent of that money is spent on men’s basketball.
At UAlbany, 14.9 percent of its athletics expenses are basketball-related, and 55.3 percent of that money goes to men’s basketball. Basketball, though, is UAlbany’s second-most expensive sport; the Great Danes spend $4,795,057on football as opposed to the $3,351,563 they spend combined on men’s and women’s basketball.
Who spends the most?
Amongst area colleges, UAlbany spends the most money on athletics by a solid margin.
Total athletics expenses for the Great Danes — the area’s only school competing in Division I football — according to the most recent Equity in Athletics Data Analysis report registered at $22,516,071.
Siena was second in the area in spending at $18,366,090.
From there, it’s a steep drop. The Capital Region’s schools that play hockey at the Division I level spent the next-most, as RPI came in at $11,678,330 and Union College spent $6,513,630 — the latter spending not that much more than Division II College of Saint Rose, which spent $5,109,061.
Division III competitors such as Skidmore College and Sage Colleges spent $3,198,987 and $1,106,696, respectively.
Meanwhile, community colleges such as Schenectady County Community College and Hudson Valley Community College spent $167,806 and $991,632, respectively.
Men’s sports vs. women’s sports
Among sports defined as men’s or women’s, most area colleges spend more money on men’s athletics than women’s athletics, according to the Equity in Athletics Data Analysis report.
UAlbany and RPI each allocate more than 59.0 percent of athletics expenses to men’s teams, while Union spends a little more than 58.0 percent. Siena spends a little less than 51.0 percent of its athletics expenses on men’s teams.
Sage Colleges (60.9 percent) and Saint Rose (50.3 percent) have more expenses for women’s teams.
One national champ, one hoping to be
Rick Bennett guided the Union men’s hockey program to a national championship in 2014.
This spring, Scott Marr is trying to earn the same prize with No. 1 UAlbany men’s lacrosse.
The coaches aren’t that far apart in salary, either. Bennett’s salary starts at $182,439 — his athletic director Jim McLaughlin is at 159,256 — and Marr earns $175,000.
Bennett, who played in the NHL for the New York Rangers, has been the coach at Union since the 2011-12 season. Marr started at UAlbany with the 2001 season.