College notes: UM's Kim Barnes Arico earns at least $728K under new deal

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Kim Barnes Arico

Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico's total compensation will exceed $700,000 a year under a contract extension signed earlier this summer.

The two-year extension, which takes Barnes Arico through the 2022-23 season, is worth at least $728,000 a year — including $400,000 in base pay; $275,000 for TV, radio and promotional obligations; $50,000 in deferred compensation; and $3,000 under the school's current Nike contract.

Those terms were revealed in her contract obtained by The Detroit News through a Freedom of Information Act request. The deal was agreed upon in late June; university president Mark Schlissel signed off July 11.

Under her previous extension, signed in 2015, Barnes Arico earned $360,000 in base pay.

Barnes Arico also is entitled to two automobiles and insurance, use of a box during all women's basketball home games, plus season tickets for football and men's basketball. Her family also can travel with her to away basketball games, with the university covering all "reasonable" expenses.

There's also a bonus structure that maxes out at $230,000: $40,000 for an outright Big Ten championship, $20,000 for a share of a Big Ten title, $20,000 for a Big Ten tournament title, $20,000 for an NCAA Tournament bid, and $25,000 for each NCAA Tournament win.

There is no buyout should Barnes Arico leave early for another coaching opportunity.

Barnes Arico, 47, just completed her sixth season at Michigan, a tenure that includes two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2013 and 2018) and four trips to the WNIT, which the Wolverines won in 2017. She was named Big Ten coach of the year in 2017 and is the winningest coach in program history, passing now-Central Michigan coach Sue Guevara last season. Barnes Arico is 134-73 overall (55-45 in the conference), and has had at least 20 wins in each of her six seasons.

She came to Michigan after 10 seasons as head coach at St. John's, which followed brief tenures at Adelphi, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Fairleigh Dickinson-Madison.

Barnes Arico's salary keeps her in the upper echelon in the Big Ten and the state. As recently as 2016, Michigan State's Suzy Merchant earned base pay of $458,025. In April, Guevara received an extension that includes $290,000 in base pay, after she led the Chippewas on a magical ride to the Sweet 16.

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►Speaking of Central Michigan women's basketball, its nonconference schedule was recently released and it includes quite the marquee home game against Louisville on Dec. 20. Louisville was 36-3 last season, reaching the Final Four. The Chippewas also play in two holiday tournaments, in Virginia and Florida, and hosts 2018 NCAA Tournament participants South Dakota State (Nov. 12) and Western Kentucky (Nov. 17), as well as Oakland (Nov. 8).

►Incoming Michigan State freshman wrestler Peyton Omania, of Concord, Calif., won the Greco Roman Junior National Wrestling Championship in Fargo, N.D., earlier this month. 

►Eastern Michigan is looking for a new women's golf coach, after Pina Gentile left after three years to join the staff at Illinois. She's an Illinois native, having played at Illinois State, and wanted to be closer to home.

►Michigan State will host open track-and-field tryouts Sept. 7. For details, call (517) 353-0816.