AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The UMass men’s basketball coach is Massachusetts’ highest paid state employee. 22News went to the Mullins Center for the Minutemen’s home game against Manhattan to find out what students and parents of athletes think of coach Kellogg’s new paycheck.
The Umass Minutemen claimed their 3rd win of the season against the Manhattan Jaspers at home on Tuesday. But win or lose, UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg is now the state’s highest paid employee, making just under $1 million a year before bonuses.
A parent of one of the team players has no problems with coach Kellogg’s paycheck.
“I think it’s a very good thing,” Larry Clark. “I mean he’s making a positive impact as far as helping everybody in the community of UMass. I think it’s a good thing. To me he’s worth it.”
Kellogg now makes $994,500 a year. The Springfield native signed a contract extension through the 2018-19 season with the option of being extended to 2020-21. Before coach Kellogg, UMass medical school chancellor Michael Collins was the highest paid employee in the state making $650,000 a year.
22News called Dr. Collins but he declined an interview.
We spoke with students at the game, and they didn’t seem to mind that part of their tuition goes towards Kellogg’s hefty paycheck.
“I think he’s being paid exactly what he should be paid and I think he’s earned every penny of it,” says UMass junior Joseph Willis. “The basketball team has done incredibly well last year first time back to the NCAA tournament in a long time and this year we’ve got a good start so I think he’s earning it.”
According to USA Today and Forbes, the average Division 1 basketball coach earned $1.4 million in 2012. Kellogg will become college basketball’s 36th highest paid coach.