Financial bonuses could keep piling up for Romar if Huskies advance in NCAA tournament.
As the postseason awards pile up and the Washington Huskies dance their way toward the NCAA tournament, coach Lorenzo Romar is seeing some financial rewards.
Romar received a $2,500 bonus Monday when he was named Pac-10 coach of the year and earned another $5,000 for UW’s first outright Pac-10 regular-season title.
In 2007, Romar and Washington officials agreed to a 10-year extension that could keep the coach at UW until 2016. Romar’s deal guarantees him $1.1 million per season, which includes a $412,020 base salary. He is also guaranteed $705,000 from media compensation, the school’s Nike contract, speaking engagements and a vehicle stipend.
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• $5,000 for winning the Pac-10 tournament.
• $12,500 for an NCAA tournament appearance.
• $25,000 for a Sweet 16 appearance.
• $37,500 for a Final Four appearance.
• $50,000 for winning the national title.
Romar, one of 10 finalists for the national coach of the year award, could also receive $5,000 if he claims that prize, increasing the potential of his postseason on-court bonuses to $142,500. The coach also is eligible for $32,500 in incentives for academic and administrative success.
Romar’s contract puts him near the top of other Pac-10 basketball coaching salaries, but it pales in comparison to the deal given to Steve Sarkisian. Washington’s new football coach will earn $1.75 million in 2009, $1.85 million in 2010, $2 million in 2011, $2.1 million in 2012 and $2.3 million in 2013, not including incentives that could reach as high as $1.5 million per year.
The Huskies (24-7), ranked 10th in the coaches poll and 13th in The Associated Press poll, play the winner of Wednesday’s Oregon State-Stanford game in the Pac-10 quarterfinals on Thursday.
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