Football coach Gary Patterson’s base salary rose by almost a half-million dollars in fiscal year 2014-15, the first season TCU had a winning record in the Big 12.
The veteran head coach was paid $3.95 million in base salary with additional income of $61,668, according to the university’s IRS Form 990 covering June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015. That’s $2.2 million more than the pay for Chancellor Victor Boschini and nearly 30 times the average salary of $133,000 for a TCU professor.
Form 990, used by tax-exempt organizations, is available for public inspection. The form requires a list of the organization’s highest-paid employees.
At nearly $4 million, Patterson ranks fourth among the Big 12 coaches, according to figures compiled by USA Today in October 2015, behind Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Texas’ Charlie Strong and Baylor’s Art Briles.
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TCU’s Gary Patterson ranks fourth among the Big 12 football coaches in base salary, behind Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, Texas’ Charlie Strong and Baylor’s Art Briles.
Patterson had a base salary of $3.49 million in 2013-14 and total compensation of $3.94 million. Patterson has almost doubled his salary in the past five years. He had a base of $2.09 million in 2010-11, the year of the undefeated Rose Bowl season.
Since becoming head coach in 2000, Patterson has made more than $28 million at TCU, according to Form 990 filings. He is the winningest coach in TCU history, having led the Horned Frogs to six conference titles, outright or shared, in 15 seasons. He had a base salary of $375,000 in his first season as head coach in 2001.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte was traveling Friday and unavailable for comment.
Gary Patterson and Jim Schlossnagle both are the winningest coaches in their sports at TCU. Patterson is 143-47 in football. Schlossnagle is 545-246 in baseball.
Patterson was not the only coach with a raise. Former basketball coach Trent Johnson went from $1.64 million in base salary in 2013-14 to nearly $2 million in the latest reporting period. Johnson was fired in March and replaced by Jamie Dixon, who had a base salary of $1.4 million in 2014 at Pittsburgh.
TCU more than doubled baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle’s base salary in the first year of back-to-back College World Series appearances for the Horned Frogs. His compensation went from $374,000 to $764,000, a figure that three years ago would have ranked among the highest in the SEC, a premier baseball conference.
Under Schlossnagle, TCU has played in three College World Series since 2010 after never having qualified for college baseball’s championship event. In February, Schlossnagle passed Lance Brown for the most baseball victories at TCU.
TCU paid football co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham a base salary of $534,000 for 2014-15. He and co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, hired in 2014 to bring a new offensive style to TCU, signed new contracts in December after being courted by other teams. They were rewarded for two seasons in which the team ranked among the top 10 passing offenses in the country and went 23-3 behind Heisman candidate quarterback Trevone Boykin.
The compensation figures for Cumbie were not included in the Form 990 filing.
Total compensation for TCU coach Gary Patterson since he took over the team in 2000.