Mississippi State associate head coach Johnnie Harris will work alongside head coach Vic Schaefer at Texas; Schaefer was hired to replace former Horns head coach Karen Aston. (Photo by Kelly Price/Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

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New Texas women’s basketball assistants to be compensated more than their predecessors

Posted May 7th, 2020


The new assistant coaches for the women’s basketball program at Texas will combine to make nearly $700,000, the school revealed on Thursday.

New Texas associate head coach Johnnie Harris will receive a base salary of $300,000 in Austin. Texas is set to pay associate head coach Dionnah Jackson-Durrett $210,000 while assistant coach Elena Lovato makes $170,000. The American-Statesman received those numbers through an open records request.

Relocation allowances and moving stipends will be given to Harris, Jackson-Durrett and Lovato, who all worked with new UT head coach Vic Schaefer at Mississippi State. A $2,000 Nike allowance for each coach is also part of each deal.


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The University of Texas Board of Regents will have to approve Schaefer’s deal since it likely exceeds $1 million. Schaefer was supposed to receive $1.65 million at Mississippi State for the 2020-21 school year. Texas has not yet reveled Schaefer’s deal, and his contract was not on the regents’ agenda this week.

Harris, Jackson-Durrett and Lovato will make more than the assistants that they are replacing. At $190,890, former UT associate head coach Jamie Carey was the highest-paid of Karen Aston’s lieutenants. Former assistants George Washington and Terry Nooner, respectively, had salaries totaling $156,550 and $120,000. Aston earned a salary of $745,000 during her final year at Texas.

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