Feb 10, 2013; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski calls for a timeout during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum. Duke won 62-61. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made $9.7 million in 2011


Duke University’s men’s basketball head coach, Mike Krzyzewski made nearly $10 million in compensation during 2011.

According to Steve Berkowitz of USA Today, Krzyzewski’s $9.7 million salary is the largest amount in a single year for a college coach. Louisvilles Rick Pitino, who led the Cardinals to winning the NCAA championship this previous season, came close making $8.9 million after taxes during the 2010-2011 season.

In 2010, Krzyzewski earned $7.2 million and less than $4.7 million during the 2009 regular season. The following list below shows the new report that USA Today was able to get a hands on which indicates Krzyzewki’s total compensation after taxes.

  • $1,978,401 in retirement and other deferred compensation, a little over $500,000 more than in 2010. (This is money that Krzyzewski accrued, but was not paid, in 2011; he could receive it in a future year.)
  • $5,642,574 in bonus and incentive compensation, nearly $1.9 million more than in 2010.
  • $1,982,097 in retirement and other deferred compensation, a little over $500,000 more than in 2010.
  • $59,616 in other reportable compensation such as family travel.
  • $19,344 in non-taxable benefits.

After taking over as head coach of the Blue Devils in 1980, Krzyzewski has committed a grand total of 33 years of service thus far. In 2011 he becoming the winningest NCAA Division 1 head coach of all-time. As well, he won four national championships and made 11 Final Four appearances. Overall, Krzyzewski was able to attain a record 957 wins and 297 losses in his career.

Kentucky Wildcats‘ coach, John Calipari made $5.7 million for the previous season. Kansas JayHawksBill Self along with Rick Pitino made approximately $5 million.

Duke University’s Vice President for Public Affairs and Goverment Relations, Michael  Schoenfeld said

By any measure, Coach K is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, college coach of all-time.

Schoenfeld also mentioned Krzyzewski’s unparalleled success is attributed to his commitment to student-athletes’ academic achievement and to Duke University.

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