With the University of Texas back among the elite teams of women’s basketball, coach Karen Aston is set to earn a substantial pay raise.
The university announced Tuesday that Aston will earn a guaranteed salary of $775,000 plus another $162,000 available in performance incentives. The new contract will go into effect this season if approved by the U.T. Board of Regents on Friday.
Texas has made steady improvement since her initial team went 12-18 in 2012-13. In the past three years the Longhorns have gone 22-12, 24-11 and 31-5, respectively.
Her 2013-24 team reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the 2014-15 team made it to the Sweet 16, and last year’s team reached the Elite Eight before losing to eventual champion Connecticut.
According to the university, UT’s performance last year earned her some incentive bonuses:
— $10,000 for participating in the first round and $10,000 more for reaching the second round.
— $15,000 for participating in the third round and another $15,000 for reaching the fourth round.
— $15,000 for being a top 16 seed in the tournament.
It was a banner year for the Longhorns, who played host to a pair of NCAA Tournament games at the Erwin Center. Texas defeated Alabama State 86-42 and Missouri 73-55 in Austin. The Horns continued with a 72-64 victory over UCLA in a regional semifinal in Bridgeport, Conn., before losing to UConn 86-65 in the regional championship game.
Aston earned a five-year base salary of $599,500 when she was hired to replace Gail Goestenkors in 2012. Her four-year record is 89-46 with the Horns.
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