Many people were wondering the same thing about men’s collegiate and professional coaches not too long ago. The value of coaches has risen dramatically in the recent past if one were to look at salary figures alone. The newest addition to the millionaire club is the community of coaches in women’s collegiate basketball.
Brought to my attention by an article on ESPN, Pat Summitt (coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols’) has become the first women’s basketball coach to obtain a $1 million+ contract. Not only is it a landmark statement for women’s athletics, but it’s a huge statement for women coaches. Geno Auriemma (the male head coach of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team) is also gauranteed to receive more than $1 million in 2007.
Sports Agents no longer have to represent the actual players of sports in order to make a decent salary off of contract commissions. Lonnie Cooper, President and CEO of Career Sports & Entertainment, is known throughout the country as “The Coach Agent.” He runs a very successful company that boasts a client list full of coaches from the various professional and collegiate sports. With the introduction of college women’s basketball coaches into the millionaire club, a new interest may be created for Sports Agents to devote more time into acquiring women’s basketball coaches as clients.
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