Purdue announces head coaches, AD taking significant voluntary pay reduction
Four of the highest-paid individuals working in Purdue’s athletic department have agreed to a voluntary salary reduction this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of fall sports. The school released a statement on Tuesday.
Head football coach Jeff Brohm, men’s basketball coach Matt Painter, women’s basketball coach Sharon Versyp and athletic director Mike Bobinski have all agreed to take a 20-percent pay reduction this year. The pay cut was voluntary, per the release.
All four will also forego any incentive compensation/bonuses for the next 12-month period, beginning Sept. 1, 2020.
“As we face unprecedented medical and financial uncertainty, we’ve been focused on strategies to limit the impact on the support we provide our student-athletes, and that best protect the long term interests of coaches and staff,” Bobinski said in a statement. “Our current reality required that some uncomfortable and difficult decisions be made and I’m grateful for the understanding and resilience shown by our entire team of coaches and staff.”
In addition to those pay reductions, additional head coaches and assistant coaches within the department have voluntarily agreed to a 15-percent reduction in pay. There will also be reductions in force, furloughs, reduced work schedules or salary reductions, ranging anywhere from 5 to 50 percent.
Purdue’s athletic department is one of the few in college athletics that is self-sustaining.