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Is Lady Terps coach highest-paid state worker?

University of Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese ranks third in the database of state worker earnings from 2010 built by Baltimore Sun colleague Patrick Maynard, with total earnings of $957,523 on a base salary of $347,284.

But numbers one and two -- Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams ($2,335,890 earnings on $450,869 salary) and football coach Ralph Friedgen ($1,088,980/$280,842) -- have since moved on. And with the university not saying how much incoming men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon or football coach Randy Edsall are to be paid, Frese now ranks first among earnings publicly disclosed, ahead of Dr. E. Albert Reece, dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, William Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and others.

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As Sun colleague Larry Carson notes in his analysis of the database, the University of Maryland is home to the 15 highest-earning state workers, and the great majority of the 1,346 employees who outearn Gov. Martin O'Malley.

O'Malley made $150,000 in 2010, less than even some of his cabinet members. State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick earned $190,125 in 2010. State Police Superintendent Col. Terrence B. Sheridan took home $160,788. Former Health Secretary John M. Colmers made $159,144.

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Long-serving officials below Cabinet rank also topped the governor's pay. Warren Deschenaux, the General Assembly's top fiscal analyst, earned $153,706. Neil Pedersen, chief planner for the State Highway Administration, made $152,878.Coaches such as Frese, Williams and Friedgen supplemented their base salaries with earnings from television and radio appearances, camps and academic and performance incentives. Other state employees took home less than their salaries, owing to furlough days.

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