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Virginia Coaches, Athletics Director, and Staff Take Voluntary Salary Reductions

The salary cuts go into effect now through the remainder of the calendar year.

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Virginia Athletics Director Carla Williams, together with all 20 head coaches and an additional 51 assistant coaches and staff, have agreed to take voluntary salary reductions for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year, the school announced Friday morning.

“The shared sacrifices of our coaches and staff will help us address financial shortfalls during this difficult time,” Williams said in a released statement. “Our hearts go out to those who are suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.”

No initial details were released as to how much of a reduction they’ve agreed to take, but it’s a meaningful gesture that we’re all in this together as the University and the athletics department tries to weather the storm where revenue has been cut short without conference and NCAA tournaments as additional earning opportunities.

Based on data from the 2018-2019 school year, here’s a list of each head coach’s base salary, as well as Williams’.

2018-2019 Coaches Salaries

Name Job Title Base Pay
Name Job Title Base Pay
Carla Williams Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs $566,500
Mark Allen Head Coach, Men's and Women's Squash $138,160
Anthony Bennett Head Coach, Men's Basketball $525,000
Todd DeSorbo Head Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Coach $128,750
Bryan Fetzer Director, Men's and Women's Track and Field/Cross Country $128,750
Stephen Garland Head Coach, Wrestling $100,600
George Gelnovatch Head Coach, Men's Soccer $140,000
Joanna Hardin Head Coach, Softball $96,542
Michele Madison Head Coach, Field Hockey $118,900
Bronco Mendenhall Head Coach, Football $500,000
Julie Myers Head Coach, Women's Lacrosse $149,400
Brian O'Connor Head Coach, Baseball $273,600
Sara O'Leary Head Coach, Women's Tennis $144,200
Andres Pedroso Director of Tennis/Head Coach, Men's Tennis $180,250
Bowen Sargent Head Coach, Men's Golf $154,500
Kevin Sauer Head Coach, Women's Rowing $137,500
Ria Scott Head Coach, Women's Golf $100,000
Aaron Smith Head Coach, Women's Volleyball $132,613
Stephen Swanson Head Coach, Women's Soccer $203,900
Tina Thompson Head Coach, Women's Basketball $225,000
Lars Tiffany Head Coach, Men's Lacrosse $175,049
Via Cavalier Daily

According to the release, staff were asked in mid-April, and the salary reductions just went into effect with the current pay period.

As questions swirl regarding the impact that COVID-19 may have on the future of college athletics, and in particular of the fall football season that carries the overwhelming burden of the generating revenue for the other sports, these reductions presumably will allow the department to avoid layoffs elsewhere.