By Jeff Barker
The Baltimore Sun
7:20 AM EDT, April 11, 2014
The Maryland women’s basketball team’s run to the Final Four triggered bonuses topping $100,000 for head coach Brenda Frese.
The Terps upset top-seeded Tennessee and recorded three other NCAA tournament victories to advance to their first Final Four since 2006.
Frese’s bonuses total $100,507, based on her contract terms.
According to the contract, Frese was to get “competition bonuses” for reaching the NCAA tournament’s first round ($5,000), second round ($10,000), Sweet Sixteen ($15,000), Elite Eight ($20,000) and Final Four ($25,000).
Beginning in 2008, the bonus amounts were raised 5 percent in each succeeding contract year. The bonuses are cumulative.
Maryland lost to Notre Dame in the national semifinals. Frese would have earned more than $100,000 in additional bonuses if the Terps had won the national championship. She also earns bonuses based on players’ graduation rates.
Frese earns between $300,000 and $400,000 in base salary and signed a contract extension last year to keep her at the school through at least June 2021.
Competition bonuses are common in coaches’ contracts. In 2010, former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams earned a $318,000 bonus for finishing in a tie atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
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