Contract Negotiation

Who Wants to Represent a Women’s Basketball Coach?

Hold up that 1...for 1 million

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.

[tags]vols, pat summitt, tennessee, lonnie cooper, coach agent, college[/tags]

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

5 replies on “Who Wants to Represent a Women’s Basketball Coach?”

Andre- have Darren contact you (if he hasnt already), you are probably just what dynasty is looking for in terms of a nobody looking for an agent. Good luck


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