BATON ROUGE -- LSU is proposing a new contract for Paul Mainieri, head coach of the national champion LSU baseball team, and pay increases for his assistant coaches at the next meeting of the LSU Board of Supervisors on January 29.
In addition, a salary adjustment is being proposed for LSU football defensive coordinator John Chavis and approvals are being sought for new football assistant coaches Billy Gonzales and Frank Wilson. An extension to the contract of women's basketball coach Van Chancellor will also be under consideration.
"Our commitment is to compete for championships and graduate our student-athletes, and to do that you have to hire and retain the best coaches in the country," said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. "Through sustained athletic success that has garnered passionate fan support, LSU is one of only two schools in the nation that uses no state subsidies to run its athletics program. To maintain that success, we have to compete in the marketplace for the best coaches and that is what we have done."
If approved by the Board of Supervisors, Mainieri will receive a five-year contract that will pay him $250,000 annually in base pay, $225,000 for radio, television and internet appearances and $150,000 in other compensation such as equipment agreements for a total of $625,000 per year. Mainieri currently receives an annual total compensation of $525,000. He will continue to be able to earn additional incentive compensation for achievements in post-season competition and team academic performance.
Associate head baseball coach David Grewe will receive a pay increase of $10,000 to $150,000 and assistant baseball coach Javi Sanchez will receive a pay increase of $15,000 to $90,000 if approved by the board.
"Our motto in LSU Athletics is 'Excellence in Competition, Distinction in the Classroom and Contribution to the Community.' You would be hard-pressed to find a program anywhere in the country that exemplifies those traits better than the LSU baseball program under Paul Mainieri," Alleva said.
Chavis, who was pursued by another Southeastern Conference school in December, will receive a new three-year contract valued at $700,000 per year. Under the terms of his previous contract, he was scheduled to be paid $475,000 in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011. Under the terms of the new contract, Chavis will receive $25,000 for radio, television and internet appearances and the $175,000 will be paid in privately-raised funds.
Wilson, who will serve as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, will receive a three-year contract worth $325,000 per year. He replaces Larry Porter, now the head coach at the University of Memphis, who was to be paid $350,000 in 2010 and $400,000 in 2011.
Gonzales, who will serve as receivers coach and passing game coordinator, will receive a three-year contract worth $285,000 per year. He replaces DJ McCarthy who resigned following the 2009 season and was receiving $200,000 per year.
The contract of LSU women's basketball coach Van Chancellor will be extended by two years with no salary adjustment.
According to a study by USA Today, LSU is one of only two universities in the nation that uses no state financial support to fund its athletics program. In fact, the LSU Athletic Department annually assists financially with the mission of the University by contributing to academic programs. LSU Athletics uses no state tax dollars and no student fees.