College athletics is definitely the most promising career option today, especially with educational sectors emphasizing so much towards promoting the athletic aspects among the students. Even with wide spread popularity of these annual games; Universities are also looking at these tournaments as an opportunity to attract money for their programs.
However, in order to gain this profit these universities are ready to pay big cheques for some of the best coaches. Medium salary of these coaches can start from $60,049 to a good million dollar, depending on their track record. Here is a list of some of the highest paid college coaches who are earning 10 times more than a regular teacher. Majority of the coaches in the list are the former professional players, which justifies their huge pay scale.
Below are the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful College Coaches in 2017-2018
10. Bill Self – $4,748,776
University of Kansas – Men’s Basketball Coach
Bill joined Kansas University in 2003. He started off his career in 1985 at Kansas as an assistant coach. Later he joined Oklahoma State. Oral Roberts University offered him his first head coach position in 1993. He has also coached at University of Illinois and University of Tulsa.
In the year 2009-2013, he won over 30 matches, which are the most number of wins in the history of NCAA. He has a coaching record of 592-188 games. He is amongst the most popular coach, who has achieved quite a few honors including 2016 USA National Coach and 2016 NABC Coach Etc. He is also a winner of Big Twelve Coach.
9. Kevin Sumlin – $5,000,000
Texas A&M University – Football Coach
Kevin Joined Texas A&M in 2012, replacing their previous coach Mike Sherman. Previously Sumlin was working in University of Houston. He started off at Washington State University serving as an assistant coach in 1989. He has also been a part of Purdue University, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma and University of Wyoming.
He has an overall record of winning 79-37 under his coaching. He has also been two time winner of 2009 and 2011 C USA Coach of the Year, including winning an award of 2012 SEC coach.
8. Charlie Strong – $5,200,000
University of Texas – Football Coach
He joined as the head coach in University of Texas in 2014. However, he was fired at the end of last year session. He is expected to join University of South Florida soon, which will pay him $1,000,000 annually for the first two years.
He began his coaching career in 1983, with University of Florida, then went to Texas A&M and later joined Southern Illinois including several other. He became a head coach for the first time in 2010, with Louisville University. He has an overall record of 53-37 in his entire coaching career.
7. Jimbo Fisher – $5,250,000
Florida State University – Football Coach
He started his coaching career itself with Florida State University in 2010. Under his coaching, they have won 3 ACC Championships, 4 ACC Atlantic Division Titles and a BCS National Championship. He has a brilliant track record in the early 6 years of his career, which will likely stay the same.
He started off by assisting the coach in 1988 at the Samford University, later joining University of Cincinnati and Louisiana State University. He has a coaching record of 77-17, with Florida State University.
6. Bob Stoops – $5,550,000
University of Oklahoma – Football
Bob started his coaching career in 1983 by assisting at University of Iowa. He joined University of Oklahoma in 1999. He has also worked as an assistant coach in University of Florida, Kent State University and Kansas State University.
In 2012, ESPN titled Oklahoma as the best BCS team of the era. He has won several coaching honors including AP Coach of the Year, 6 Big Twelve Coach, Bobby Dodd Coach and Walter Camp Coach of the Year. He has track record of winning 189-48 in his entire coaching career.
5. Urban Meyer – $6,003,000
Ohio State University – Football Coach
Urban Meyer joined Ohio State University team in 2012. Before which he has also coached universities like University of Utah, Bowling Green State University and University of Florida.
He started his coaching career as an assistant coach in Cincinnati St. Xavier High School. Meyers has won 3 national titles under his coaching two at University of Florida and one in Ohio State University. He has a track record of 165-28 in his entire coaching career.
4. John Calipari – $6,580,000
University of Kentucky – Men’s Basketball
John has been coaching the basketball team of University of Kentucky since 2009. He started his coaching career in 1982, assisting at University of Kansas and then at University of Pittsburgh. In 1988, he landed a position of head coach at University of Massachusetts.
He has also coached NBA teams like New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers and NCAA. He was also coaching the national team of Dominican Republic in 2011-12.
In 2012 he achieved the NCAA title, which was followed by entering in the finals in every NCAA games. Kentucky currently has a record of 217-47.
3. Nick Saban – $6,939,395
University of Alabama – Football Coach
Nick joined as the head coach of University of Alabama in 2007. He started off his professional career in 1973, by playing for Kent State. Later he played with Louisiana State University from 2000-2004. He has also served as an assistant coach in NFL for Cleveland Browns and Houston Oilers.
Saban helped Alabama in landing more than 5 national championships. He has also won BCS championship with his Louisiana University team. He is amongst the only coach who has won National championship with two different schools. He has coaching record of 204-60-1 in NCAA.
2. Mike Krzyzewski – $7,299,666
Duke University – Men’s Basketball Coach
Mike Krzyzewski is popularly known as ‘Coach K’, who has been serving since 1980, as the head Basketball coach in Duke University. Before his coaching career he played basketball at United States Military Academy. He started as a coach, by assisting Coach Bob Knight in 1974-1975 sessions with Indiana Hoosiers. Later he served as the head army coach from 1975 till 1980.
Mike has helped Duke University’s Blue Devils in winning 5 NCAA championships. Apart from his day job, he also serves as a Coach to the US National team, who has won 6 gold’s including 3 Olympic wins.
1. Jim Harbaugh – $9,004,000
University of Michigan – Football Coach
He has been coaching the football team of Michigan University since 2015. Harbaugh was professional NFL player who played in the field from 1987-2001. He started his career with Chicago Bears, ending it with Carolina Panthers. During 1994, he also coached at Western Kentucky.
He also acted as an assistant coach in 2002 for Oakland Raiders, taking up a position in San Diego University in 2004. Later he also joined Stanford University, whom he helped in winning the 2011 Orange Bowl. He helped Michigan in winning the Citrus Bowl in 2016 so far.
These are some of the best coaches in the world, who bring their experience from professional games in the field of the college. College games are rapidly transforming into competitive annual tournaments which can be a good addition in anyone’s resume. These coaches earn millions each year, which is equivalent to the earning of a celebrity.