Hugh McCutcheon’s big-time success as Gophers volleyball coach helped him pocket a big-time contract this fall. The 47-year-old coach nearing the end of his fifth season leading Gophers volleyball was signed to his second U of M contract extension two weeks ago — and it came with another nice raise.
McCutcheon stands to make about $450,000 this school year, with more bonuses on the way if the Gophers can keep up their winning ways at the NCAA Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. The Gophers’ semifinal is Thursday night against Stanford. If they win, they’ll play for the title on Saturday.
This is the kind of success McCutcheon is accustomed to creating. He guided the U.S. men’s national team to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and won a silver medal leading the U.S. women’s team at the 2012 London Games.
At Minnesota, McCutcheon hit a peak last winter, when the Gophers reached the Final Four for the first time since 2009, before losing to Texas in the semifinal. McCutcheon earned Big Ten coach of the year honors that season.
This year, he had the Gophers at No. 1 in the nation this fall, perhaps making it easy for Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle to sign McCutcheon’s extension on Nov. 30.
In just over four years, McCutcheon’s annual base pay has doubled, and he’ll top a half-million dollars annually if he’s still a Gopher in the final year of the deal, the 2020-21 school year.
McCutcheon’s annual salary is $200,000, and he will earn another $215,000 in supplemental income and retention bonuses, assuming he’s still the Gophers coach at the end of the school year. The former BYU standout, a native of New Zealand, became the Gophers coach in 2012, signing a deal that paid him $200,000 annually.
McCutcheon’s new deal is similar to that of men’s hockey coach Don Lucia’s recent extension ($400,000 annual base pay), and slightly less than women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings’ 2015 contract (a little more than $500,000 annual base pay).
McCutcheon already has made $30,000 in NCAA tournament achievement bonuses, and he would double that if the Gophers win it all Saturday.