Factors That Impact Compensation Of Ncaa Head Basketball Coaches


  • Leila J. Pratt
  • E. Bruce Hutchinson
  • Catherine Middleton


To show junior, senior, and graduate economics students that topics for course projects can arise in their every-day reading, this study examines the compensation of relatively successful coaches: Division I men’s basketball coaches whose teams appeared in the 2011, ’12, or ‘13 NCAA Tournaments.  Salary is hypothesized as a function of coach specific characteristics as well as the college’s conference affiliation.  Head coaching characteristics include: experience measured as years at current school; the winning percentage at current school, previous college head-coach experience, NCAA tournament winning percentage, and NCAA championships won.  Other characteristics considered are the coach’s race and his current school’s BCS or non-BCS conference affiliation. The regression results verify that experience at both current and previous school(s), plus NCAA winning percentage and NCAA championships won, measure job performance and are positively related to compensation.


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