Michigan assistant basketball coaches get big pay increases

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein, from right, and assistants Saddi Washington, DeAndre Haynes and Luke Yaklich all received raises this summer following one of the most successful seasons in program history that included an appearance in the national title game.

Michigan coach John Beilein isn’t the only one who got a bump in pay this summer.

Assistant coaches Saddi Washington, Luke Yaklich and DeAndre Haynes each received raises of at least $55,000, according to contracts obtained Friday by The Detroit News via the Freedom of Information Act.

Yaklich, 42, and Haynes, 34, who are both entering their second year on Beilein’s staff, will each make $75,000 more this season, bringing their base salaries to $300,000 and $275,000, respectively.

Washington, 43, who is in his third season at Michigan and is currently serving as the interim head coach as Beilein recovers from heart surgery, will remain the highest-paid assistant and have his base salary increased from $250,000 to $305,000.

Haynes' pay increase is 37.5 percent, Yaklich's is 33 percent and Washington's is 22 percent.

In total, Beilein’s coaching staff will make a combined $880,000 this season, up from the $675,000 the trio made last year. That puts Michigan’s assistant coaching salary pool on par with Indiana and Michigan State, who both paid more than $800,000 last season, and closer to Ohio State, which dished out more than $1 million.

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All three contracts are one-year agreements that run through April 30, 2019, and were signed this month. The three coaches will still receive a car and phone to use, and will be due three months’ salary if Beilein voluntarily leaves or is fired before the end of their contract.

Each assistant can also earn up to $78,500 in potential bonuses. Here’s the breakdown:

■ Outright Big Ten regular-season championship: $17,500

■ Share of Big Ten regular-season championship: $11,000

■ Big Ten tournament championship: $8,000

■ Qualify for NCAA Tournament: $6,000

■ NCAA Tournament first-round win: $1,500

■ NCAA Tournament second-round win: $3,000

■ NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 win: $5,000

■ NCAA Tournament Elite Eight win: $7,500

■ NCAA Tournament Final Four win: $9,000

■ NCAA national championship: $10,000

In July, Beilein, 65, signed a rolling contract extension through the 2022-23 season that will increase his pay from $3.37 million to $3.8 million annually, a mark that ranks No. 7 in the nation based on last season’s list of college basketball coaches’ salaries.

Throughout the negotiation process, Beilein made it known expanding the salary pool for his assistants was among his priorities.

“That's a thing that was very important to me and as well as to them and their families," Beilein said last month. "This is something that (athletic director) Warde (Manuel), he came to me with it. We discussed it last year and then he came to me with it. He really gets it and it's an important step in our program, as well.”