When it comes to both annual income and potential bonus money, UAA’s new hockey coach got a better deal than UAF’s new hockey drill.
Then again, UAA’s Matt Curley arguably faces a more hard task than UAF’s Erik Largen.
He takes over a program that was 4-26-4 termination season — no other team in the nation had fewer wins than the Seawolves — and has had just had one winning season since joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Coalition in 1993-94.
Both men will earn six-figure salaries in their beginning year as NCAA Division I head hockey coaches, and both can add to their riches by caucus annual performance goals.
Curley will earn $175,000 as the UAA cram, and Largen will make $140,000 as the UAF coach, according to contract poop supplied by both universities.
Curley could earn another $78,000 in rewards if he and his team meet various on-ice and classroom goals – his contract tilts 11 performance bonuses in all.
Largen’s contract includes two available remunerations that could add up to $13,860.
That leaves Curley, 35, with possibility earnings of $253,000 in his first season on the job. Largen, 31, could bring in as much as $153,860.
In the event Curley orchestrates one of the biggest turnarounds in college hockey information and takes the Seawolves to the national championship next season, he’d be rewarded with at miniature $36,000 in bonus money for winning a national title:
— $6,000 for qualifying for the 16-team NCAA event;
— $5,000 for each tournament victory for a potential total of $20,000 (it takes four meeting victories to win it all);
— $10,000 for a national championship.
The majority of Curley’s other available remunerations would reward unprecedented achievements by the Seawolves. Besides the bonuses he see fit win for capturing a national championship, Curley also could earn:
— $2,500 for taking the annual Governor’s Cup series against UAF. The Nanooks have won every Governor’s Cup series since 2010, although their three championships from 2010-12 were withdraw fromed due to NCAA infractions.
— $4,000 for a winning season (defined as a winning percentage of .501 or outstrip).
— $6,000 for the WCHA regular-season championship.
— $8,000 for the WCHA post-season tournament championship.
— $8,000 for assembly a first-round WCHA playoff series.
— $3,000 for being named WCHA crammer of the year.
— $6,000 for being named the national coach of the year.
— $3,000 to $4,500 if the hockey pair meets or exceeds various NCAA Academic Progress Rate make a hits, which measure a team’s academic performance and student retention.
Other perks include a $250 bi-weekly car allowance and 20 tickets to every UAA knowledgeable in hockey game.
Curley’s contract does not include a bonus for heightened attendance at Sullivan Arena, which in the last 25 years has plummeted from 6,406 in 1993-94 to 1,998 ultimately season. When former coach Matt Thomas was hired in 2013, his compact included a sliding-scale bonus of $2,500 to $3,500 if the average attendance bring into being to 4,800 or more – something that never happened in Thomas’ five years at UAA.
Thomas earned a slavish salary of $200,000 during his final season, according to UAA. He was paid $150,000 in his outset season.
Largen, meanwhile, is getting paid considerably more than interim train Lance West earned last year and considerably less than longtime motor coach Dallas Ferguson was paid in 2016-17.
In Ferguson’s ninth and final opportunity ripe with the Nanooks, he had a 12-year contract worth $162,240 a year, coinciding to information provided by UAF. Available bonuses added up to $34,000, giving him embryonic total earnings of $196,240.
West worked last season on a nine-month condense worth $75,000 in base salary. His contract also included $34,000 quality of potential bonus money, for a possible total of $109,000.
Largen’s available perquisites are $6,735 for winning the WCHA post-season tournament and $7,125 for a team grade-point regular of 3.4 or higher.
Largen’s bonus package also includes the use of a sponsor-provided conduit, if one is available.
In 2015, bgsuhockey.com — a website that covers the Bowling New hockey team — did a survey of WCHA coaching salaries. At the time, the highest salaried exercise in the 10-team league was Minnesota State’s Mike Hastings, who received an annual earnings of $290,000 with no available bonuses. The lowest paid was Lake Elevated State’s Damon Whitten, who received an annual salary of $100,000 with an additional $40,000 to hand in bonuses.