Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, The Nevada Sagebrush Sports Desk will be breaking down the Nevada Athletics budget into a series of reports. This second report compares the budgets and coaching salaries from 2017-18 versus 2018-19.
Nevada Athletics released a summary of its EADA budget report for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. The Nevada Sagebrush is focusing this week on the spending portion of the budget compared to the 2017-18 season and how it’s dispersed around the 15 sanctioned NCAA sports teams at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Total expenses for the 2018-19 season for both men’s and women’s teams totaled $27,112,550. That is a 4.27 percent increase compared to the 2017-18 budget of $26,001,838.
Each sanctioned NCAA sport at Nevada will be broken down by expenses from the two previous years. All references to the EADA Report are referred to as the budget and all salary numbers for coaching staff members, was gathered via TransparentNevada.
Nevada football’s total expenses for the 2018-19 fiscal year was $10,710,232 over 13 games. The Wolf Pack went 7-5 in the regular season and won the Arizona Bowl 16-13 against the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Compared to the 2017-18 fiscal year, Nevada football’s expenses increased 6.7 percent with a total spending of $10,037,079 over 12 games. According to the budget, Nevada football fields 123 student-athletes and 10 assistant coaches, the largest at the university.
Nevada head coach, Jay Novell’s base salary was at $495,833.38 last year. An extra $219,247.61 in expenditures marked as “Other pay and Total Benefits” is not included as part of his regular pay.
In 2017-18, Norvell made $327,651.50 in base salary and $180,181.51 in “Other Pay and Total Benefits.”
Nevada men’s basketball’s total expenses for the 2018-19 fiscal year was $4,706,010. That is a 0.843 percent decrease compared to the 2017-18 year, when men’s basketball spent $4,746,053.
Former Wolf Pack head coach, Eric Musselman, was paid more than $1 million the last two years with base salary and incentives. He had three full-time assistant coaches and 17 student-athletes last season.
Musselman has since moved to coach at the University of Arkansas.
Taking over after Mussleman’s departure, is Steve Alford.
Nevada women’s basketball’s total expenses for the 2018-19 fiscal year was $2,115,279. That number increased 8.71 percent compared to the 2017-18 season. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, women’s basketball spent $1,945,748.
Head coach, Amanda Levens, salary was at $190,266.68 in regular pay last season. An additional $62,889.62 in “Other Pay and Total Benefits” rounded out the rest of her salary. In 2017-18, she made $120,750.00 in regular and $29,529.29 in “Other Pay and Total Benefits.”
Nevada baseball spent $1,669,608 in the last fiscal year. That is a 4.92 percent increase compared to the 2017-18 season, when the team was allocated $1,591,251.
Head coach, T.J. Bruce, made $149,263.82 in regular pay last season. The year prior, he made $123,930.
Nevada softball’s total expenses last year sat at $1,039,747. That number decreased 2.152 with $1,062,619 in total expenses for the 2017-18 season.
Head coach, Josh Taylor, had two assistants on his staff to support the 26 student-athletes last season. Taylor made $99,519.67 in total last season. He earned $98,747.69 in total pay and benefits during the 2017-18 year.
Nevada women’s soccer had $1,086,908 in expenses in 2018-19. That is a 15.51 percent increase compared to the 2017-18 year when the team was allocated $940,959.
Wolf Pack head coach, Erin Otagaki, has two assistant coaches and 32 student-athletes on the current roster. She made $96,259.69 in total pay and benefits last season. Otagaki made $100,678.70 in total pay and benefits in 2017-18.
Track and field/cross country
Nevada’s track and field program and the women’s cross country team combined for $1,544,150 last season. That figure increased 6.33 percent compared to the 2017-18 fiscal spending which totaled $1,452,114.
According to the budget, the two programs have two assistant coaches between the programs and head cross country coach, Kirk Elias, and head track and field coach, Shantel Twiggs.
Both coaches combine to make a salary of $185,237.35, with Twiggs receiving $106,961.67 of that combined salary last season. In 2017-18, both coaches had a combined salary of $176,116.80. Twiggs received $99,815.33 of that total salary.
Swim and dive
Nevada’s swim and dive totaled $1,107,570 in 2018-19. That figure increased 2.1 percent compared to the $1,084,718 the team was allocated in the previous fiscal year.
Head coach swim and dive coach Brendon Bray earned $98,592.67 in total pay and benefits last season. He totaled $95,405.64 in pay and benefits in 2017-18.
Head diving coach, Jian Li You, totaled $90,371.17 in pay and benefits last season. She made $80,723.50 in 2017-18.
Nevada women’s volleyball team spent $941,314 in toal last season. That figure decreased by 8.71 percent compared to the 2017-18 expenses of $1,031,214.
Joined by one assistant coach, head coach, Lee Nelson, earned $152,764.46 last year between total pay and benefits. In 2017-18, Nelson collected $149,959.61 in total pay and benefits.
Nevada men’s golf has $443,405 in expenses last season. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, the team spent $418,505. In total, this is 5.95 percent increase in allocated budget over the previous season.
Head coach, Jacob Wilner, earned $78,954.67 in total pay and benefits in 2018-19. He was compensated $72,786.61 in total salary and benefits in 2017-18.
Nevada women’s golf had total expenses of $484,740 last season. The team spent $455,277 in 2017-18 for a 6.47 percent increase.
Head coach Kathleen Takaishi was paid $84,104.77 between total pay and benefits last season. She earned $76,382.44 in 2017-18.
The Nevada men’s tennis team spent $435,597 last season. That number increased 0.25 percent compared to the 2017-18 fiscal year, where the team spent $434,510.
Nevada men’s head coach, Sylvain Malroux, was paid $99,208.76 in total pay and benefits in 2018-19. The coach made $89,499.75 in total pay and benefits during the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Nevada women’s tennis totaled $568,873 in spending last season. In 2017-18, the team spent $557,731 for a 2.02 percent increase.
Women’s head coach, Guillaume Tonelli, received $84,037.61 in total pay and benefits last year. In 2017-18, Tonelli earned $80,197.39 in total pay and benefits.
In rifle’s final season of eligibility, their budget increased 6.13 percent after having their budget raised from $244,060 in 2017-18 to $259,017 the following season.
As the overall budget went up, the coaching salary went down. In 2017-18, head coach Fred Harvey was paid $10,000 to lead the program. In 2018-19, his salary was decreased to $8,333, a decrease of 16.67 percent.
Editor’s note: Nevada Sagebrush Sports Desk reporter Matt Hanifan contributed to this portion of the analysis report.
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