AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg signed a contract extension through the 2018-19 season with the option of being extended through the 2020-21 season.
The 41-year-old Springfield native will make $994,500 per year prior to any bonuses.
“I am excited to lead this program into the future. Our players have represented this University in a first-class manner and I am excited for where we are heading,” said Kellogg.
Kellogg becomes the state’s highest salaried employee, UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael Collins previously held that distinction making $650,000 per year. Former UMass football coach Charlie Molnar will make $963,035 this year because of a buyout clause in his contract after he was fired. That was paid in one lump sum.
According to a USA Today story, Kellogg will become the 36th highest paid coach in college basketball. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski makes $9.6 million a year. Two coaches with UMass ties, Louisville’s Rick Pitino ($5.7 million) and Kentucky coach John Calipari ($5.5 million) are the 2nd and 3rd highest paid college basketball coaches.
Kellogg, a 1995 UMass graduate, is entering into his 7th season as the Minutemen’s head coach. He led UMass to the NCAA tournament last season. He has a 109-85 record with the Minutemen.
UMass opens their season on November 14 against Siena at the Mullins Center.