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Wednesday, April 16, 2008 | 2 a.m.
Beyond The Sun
Mike Hamrick makes more than the president.
So did Babe Ruth.
But whereas the Sultan of Swat supposedly said he had a better year than Herbert Hoover, it’s debatable that Hamrick, the UNLV athletic director, had a better year than University President David Ashley.
According to the UNLV Human Resources Department, Hamrick’s base salary is $255,000. Ashley’s is $236,946.
Ruth’s was $75,000. He wanted $80,000, which is what Hoover made. But that was 1930.
In 2008, Hamrick is the fifth-highest-paid employee on the UNLV payroll.
• John White, the dean of the William S. Boyd School of Law, makes $325,000.
• Neal Smatresk, a vice president and provost, makes $275,000.
• Karen West, the dean of the School of Dental Medicine, makes $257,000.
• William Boldt, a vice president of advancement, makes $265,000.
Then comes Hamrick at $255,000. That’s a lot of passing “go” and a lot of collecting $200.
He’s not the only one taking a ride on the Reading. There are 18 athletic department employees making at least $100,000. Seven are football coaches.
Considering the Rebels are coming off three consecutive two-win seasons, that means the football coaches make a minimum of $50,000 per win. And they say A-Rod is overpaid.
Here’s a further look at your tax dollars at play, with my two cents at the end, which doesn’t cost a thing (at least if you’re reading on the Internet).
Position: Director of athletics
Comment: Most people’s idea of a good athletic director is someone raising money, not making it.
Position: Head football coach
Comment: Remember, it’s his offense — not Urban Meyer’s. Meyer won the national championship with Sanford’s offense. Sanford is 6-29.
Position: Associate head coach, football
Comment: It’s not his offense, it’s Sanford’s. Yet Berry makes more money than his head coach. At least until you add in the coach’s shows and the country club memberships.
Position: Associate athletic director/external affairs
Comment: He’s the marketing whiz who told half the ticket sellers at Sam Boyd Stadium to stay home before the football season opener a couple of years ago. Make us your team? Not if I can’t buy a ticket.
Position: Head softball coach
Comment: In February, when UNLV was ranked in the top 25, she was worth every penny. Now it’s April and she’s 21-27-1.
Position: Head baseball coach
Comment: If Gouldsmith were winning, you could argue that he’s underpaid. But he’s not. Winning or underpaid.
Position: Head men’s tennis coach
Comment: Hambrook is a nice guy with a 13-14 conference record in five seasons. At least he has two local kids on his roster.
Position: Head men’s soccer coach
Comment: They don’t list Sanchez’s record on his Web site bio. He’s 8-25-4 in two seasons. Now you know why.
Position: Head cross country coach
Comment: I don’t know who Tony Houchin is but for 40 grand, you could probably get Frank Shorter.
Position: Football program coordinator
Comment: For that money, Mike Sanford’s secretary should also have to coach something.
Position: Head women’s soccer coach
Comment: Three conference championships in three years on the job. ’Nuff said.
Position: Director, media relations
Comment: At most schools, the sports information director is called an associate athletic director. And paid like one.
Position: Sports information specialist
Comment: When it comes to media, this guy is more valuable than a Swiss Army knife. I think we need to pass a hat for him.
Position: Head trainer
Comment: How many pulled groins on 320-pound offensive linemen do you have to treat before they give you a raise?
WORTH EVERY PENNY
Position: Head men’s basketball coach
Comment: If you thought the past two years were special — and they were — just wait until he gets some players.
Position: Head men’s golf coach
Comment: Knight’s program is one of the nation’s best and is fully endowed, meaning he knows how to raise money. His people should talk to Mike Hamrick’s people.
Position:Director, Thomas & Mack Center and Sam Boyd Stadium
Comment: Mike Hamrick couldn’t balance his books without this guy.
Position: Head women’s tennis coach
Comment: UNLV is ranked 51st in women’s tennis, which must be good, even if doesn’t sound that good. But Cory has been named conference coach of the year twice in his eight seasons, which is definitely good.
Position: Head men’s and women’s swimming coach
Comment: Reitz’s kids win and go to class and like him, and they’ve been doing it forever.
Position: Head women’s golf coach
Comment: The women golfers are having an off year but Ringler’s entitled to one after guiding UNLV to five consecutive NCAA regional appearances.
Position: Head women’s volleyball coach
Comment: The Rebels went to the NCAA tournament this year and placed eight players on the All-Academic team. Keeley can stay.
Position: Associate athletic director
Comment: He does most of the work and returns phone calls.
Position: Equipment director
Comment: Maybe it doesn’t seem right that the equipment guy makes more than the trainers at UNLV. But whereas I’ve seen Rebels get injured, I’ve never seen one take the field without a uniform.
Position: Assistant basketball coach
Comment: When the head coach succeeds, so do you.
MONEY FOR NOTHING, CHECKS FOR FREE
Position: Ex-head women’s basketball coach
Comment: Miller guided the Lady Rebels to eight consecutive winning seasons, then had two losing ones, and got herself fired with a year remaining on her contract. Now she’s getting handsomely paid for doing nothing.
Position: Ex-head men’s soccer coach
Comment: It’s like Stan Musial said after he retired: “I have a good job with the Cardinals but don’t ask me what I do.” Once upon a time, Barto was an outstanding soccer coach. He’s still being paid like one after getting the ax.
(Editor's note: This story has been corrected. In an earlier version, a statement in the Comment portion mistakenly referred to Tony Houchin as "Todd" Houchin.)