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          CWRU head coaches conference's lowest paid

          Joe Amick

          Issue date: 3/26/10 Section: Sports
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          Case Western Reserve University's head coaches were the lowest paid in the University Athletic Association last year, according to an analysis of athletics spending documents by The Observer.

          The data for the analysis come from an annual report that colleges and universities must submit to the U.S. Department of Education as a condition for receiving federal funds for certain student aid programs.

          CWRU's head coaches have been, on average, the UAA's lowest paid for four of the last six years, which is the amount of time the reports have been available.

          "I'd like to see my colleagues receive more compensation. I think the university is moving in that way," said associate athletic director Pat Kennedy. "But the last couple years with one, two percent raises, you're not going to keep up with the Joneses."

          On average, the university paid head coaches $34,118 last year. Emory University paid its head coaches the most in the conference for their coaching duties, $55,632. The university paid its head coaches more than some northeast Ohio Division III schools, like John Carroll University, but less than others, like Hiram College.

          In recent years, the university's ability to give raises has been hamstrung by tight budgets.

          "We all operate with some budget restrictions," said athletic director Dave Diles. "Faculty compensation is a priority in the athletic department and in all parts of the university."

          Those restrictions may be loosening as the university's financial situation improves. In an e-mail to campus last spring, President Barbara Snyder and Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack announced that some money was set aside in this year's budget for raises for faculty and staff.

          "Unfortunately, the financial downturn means the amounts in these raise pools are modest; still, the existence of any increases in this climate underscores our belief in the importance of the university's most vital resource - its people," they wrote.
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