Coach Bruce Pearl Gives Raises To His Assistants

University of Tennessee Athletics Director Mike Hamilton announced Thursday that members of the basketball coaching staff received raises effective July 1.

“Coach (Bruce) Pearl and his staff have accomplished great things for our basketball program and brought new life to Tennessee basketball,” said Hamilton. “We look forward to the 2007-08 season with great anticipation and the role that each of our assistant coaches will play in our success.”

The total amount Tennessee is currently paying its assistant coaches is $472,246. This number will increase to $511,946.

Coach Tony Jones
Now: $165,850

Steve Forbes
Now: $155,246

Jason Shay
Now: $110,000

Ken Johnson
Now: $80,850

“I wanted my assistant coaches to share in our success and make sure that their increases were in line with my increase,” said Pearl. “You are only as good as the people you surround yourself with, and I feel like I have the best staff in the country.”

All funding for the athletics department, including coaches’ salaries, is from monies generated by athletics’ resources and not from appropriated funding by the state of Tennessee or other university-related revenues.

Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information

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