Assistant Hoops Coach at Kansas State Makes More Than President

October 15, 2008

Dalonte Hill, an assistant basketball coach at Kansas State University, is being rewarded handsomely for his part in recruiting Michael Beasley, who went on to become the NBA’s No. 2 draft pick this year after just one season with the Wildcats.

For the next four years, Mr. Hill will take home $420,000 in annual compensation, reports the Web site Kansas State’s president, Jon Wefald, took home $340,848 in total compensation in 2007-8, according to Chronicle reporting.

Mr. Hill, who just two years ago made $70,000 a year as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, according to the Web site, had coached Mr. Beasley on an AAU team in Washington. Mr. Beasley then followed Mr. Hill to Kansas State when the coach accepted a position there, playing for one season before being drafted by the Miami Heat.

The university’s athletics director, Bob Krause, told that he was “comfortable” with Mr. Hill’s pay because of the exposure Mr. Beasley had brought the university’s basketball program. He said he hadn’t heard any criticism from other institutions.

“Then again,” he said, “I haven’t called Alabama and said, ‘What are you doing with Nick Saban’s salary?’ or called Lew Perkins at Kansas and asked about Bill Self’s salary.” Mr. Saban, head football coach at Alabama, and Mr. Self, head basketball coach at Kansas, earn annual salaries of $4-million and $3-million, respectively.

Kansas State’s head basketball coach, Frank Martin, makes $760,000.

“I’m sure there is some resentment,” Mr. Hill, now in his second season with Kansas State, told “There are some guys in the business who have accomplished a lot of things. This just shows it’s a new day and age.

“You know,” he added, “for a long time Michael Jordan was paid just $2-million a year.” —Libby Sander