Some Arizona Athletics Staff Affected by School-Wide Salary Cuts

The University of Arizona’s announcement that it will furlough most of its staff in May in an effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will apply to the school’s athletics staff, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

The school announced that the number of furlough days and subsequent pay reduction mandated will be based on each employee’s annual salary. University president Robert C. Robbins told the Star that even though the athletic department is mostly self-funded, the cuts would apply, but added that some athletics employees will not be required to take furloughs.

Athletic director Dave Heeke added that contracted coaches “need to be considered in different ways” when the Star asked if they could be forced to take a pay cut.

“They are contracted in specific manners, so there are very complex and ongoing conversations that are going on right now about how to do that,” Heeke said. “I think everyone recognizes the significance and the seriousness of where we are, and I would anticipate that people would do things to help support the overall cause of the university and more specifically athletic department.

“But those are very personal and specific conversations with contracted employees.”

According to the plan released Friday, Arizona employees making up to $44,449 a year must take furloughs equaling a 5% pay cut, those making between $44,500 and $75,000 will take furlough days equaling a 10% pay cut, and those making between $75,001 and $150,000 are to take furlough days equaling a 15% pay cut. Those making between $150,001 and $199,000 will get a straight 17% pay cut and, and those making $200,000 or more will get cut 20%.

According to the Arizona Republic’s database of government employees’ salaries in the state, head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach Augie Busch has an annual salary of $155,000. That would get lowered to $128,650 if the new policy applies to him. Clif Robbins, an associate head coach, currently makes $66,000 (associate head coach Peter Richardson is not included in the database), and assistant coach Jesse Stipek makes $52,000. Assistants Anna Heller and Dwight Dumais are also not listed as relatively-new hires.

The Star reported that overall, Arizona coaches could take a combined $3 million in salary cuts without the inclusion of head football coach Kevin Sumlin and head men’s basketball coach Sean Miller. Sumlin makes $3.5 million and Miller makes $1.8 million plus $700,00o in “university-paid peripheral duties compensation.” If they were to take salary cuts in line with the rest of Arizona’s staff, it would total $1.2 million.

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Ladyvoldisser
6 months ago

Good for Arizona being proactive! Hope others will follow!

Ladyvoldisser
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
6 months ago

With no March Madness, Football revenue will be down, hopefully minimally, this is a smart move which may save our sport. If institutions are willing to cut back INSTEAD OF cut out – we may still have a viable collegiate swimming and diving system! Guess the down voters either want to see swimming abolished OR believe swimming budgets should remain untouched and coaches salaries need to be increased!

cynthia curran
Reply to  Ladyvoldisser
6 months ago

Its a lot of lost of sales tax revenue. Closing down restaurants and hotels will do this or limiting them to drive through or takeout.

Coach
6 months ago

An associate head coach at a top tier program only makes $66,000?

Admin
Reply to  Coach
6 months ago

That’s a base salary paid by the school.

Camp money, any money paid from booster clubs, and incentives wouldn’t be included in that number.

Swim coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

The camps that are cancelled?

Swim coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

Also I’m really interested in the amount that assistants make off boosters? I think that all goes to the smoothie bars and fueling stations.

Swim coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

Name10 assistants who make money on boosters. This is a lie Braden.

Swim coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

The camps that have been cancelled this year.

Swim coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

You should be ashamed to minimize what coaches make at a time like this. You clearly have not truly coached in a while.

Swim coach
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

I’m so interested in the incentives that coaches get. Please report on the 99% Braden.

Molly E Belk
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

Booster Clubs?

KT12
Reply to  Coach
6 months ago

Nope. Now they make $59,400 base. Still better than the unemployment line (only $240/wk in AZ)

Swim coach
Reply to  KT12
6 months ago

Yep, they have never worked a weekend, consulted a student athlete, or called a recruit past 9-5. $59,400 seems fair.

MelC
Reply to  Coach
6 months ago

Also owns camps.

Swim Coach
Reply to  Coach
6 months ago

Welcome to coaching. 99.9% of the jobs don’t make what you think they do.

Frankie 5 Angels
6 months ago

Unfortunately, just the start of cuts.

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Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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