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Private donors fund UCA athletic department pay raises

Correction added.

Posted: September 11, 2012 - 8:11pm

Five coaches at the University of Central Arkansas will receive pay raises this year despite a long-running salary freeze that has faculty and staff in other departments considering jobs elsewhere, officials said Tuesday.

The salary adjustments were approved Friday during the Board of Trustees meeting, much to the dismay of some faculty.

“I was surprised,” Faculty Senate President Kevin Browne said. “I wish it had happened at a time when all of us could have been enjoying a raise.”

Athletic Director Brad Teague said the pay raises — paid for through private money donated through the Purple Circle, a fund under the UCA Foundation — were necessary to keep quality coaches. Discussions about pay raises for the athletic department started in December, he said. Even so, UCA still lost two coaches, he said.

“I want to do everything I can to help my staff,” Teague said.

The pay raises will be paid through the Foundation every year, Teague said. These are not like the one-time $1,000 bonuses to be handed out to faculty and staff members Sept. 30, he said.

“In an effort to keep our staff intact, we offered nominal raises,” Teague said.

The raises amount to a total of $19,364, split differently among assistant coach Dan Augustine, quarterback coach Nathan Brown, head coach Clint Conque, assistant coach Brooks Hollingworth and assistant coach Matthew Kubik, all in the football department, according to documents released at the trustees’ meeting Friday.

Even with the raises, UCA doesn’t pay as much to its coaches as other members of its conference, Teague said.

Teague said he couldn’t comment on whether giving pay raises to the coaches is fair. Browne said some faculty members are concerned.

“There certainly are some faculty who don’t feel good about it,” Browne said. “It’s not a net plus for morale.”

UCA employees have seen one pay raise in several years. Classified employees received a 2 percent pay increase last year, and nonclassified employees, which includes professors, last saw a pay increase in 2010 at 2.25 percent, wrote Graham Gillis, associate vice president of human resources, in an email previously.

Browne said pay raises are important, but faculty members are also concerned about pay equity and compression issues.

Currently, pay raises for faculty are not in the budget.

But Teague pointed out his decision isn’t the first time donations have been used for salaries. The university accepted this month a $150,000 pledge from Acxiom Corp., to help pay for teacher salaries in the College of Business. Five faculty members in the management information systems department will receive up to $37,500 per year for four years because of the donation, according to a UCA news release. About a year ago, the company gave UCA’s computer science department about $200,000 “to underwrite the hiring of a new tenure-track faculty member in that department,” the release said.

There is no rule that says pay raises cannot be funded by private donations, Teague said. Still, he acknowledged some UCA departments would have more access to those donor dollars than others.

Two donors specifically wanted to make sure UCA kept quality coaches, Teague said.

Courtway did not return a phone message left on his cell phone Friday afternoon. He said previously he wants to give merit and cost of living increases, if possible, next year.

“Conway is a great place to live; UCA is a great place to work,” Teague said. “At the end of the day, money talks.”


Correction: Seven coaches in the football or men's basketball departments at UCA received pay raises totaling a combined $26,65, according to the Personnel Board List handed out Sept. 7 at the Board of Trustees meeting. 


Those with pay raises are:

1. Dan Augustine, assistant coach, football, from $51,636 to $54,000.

2. Nathan Brown, quarterback coach, football, from $45,000 to $50,000.

3. Clint Conque, head coach, football, from $132,517 to $137,517.

4. Brooks Hollingworth, assistant coach, football from $57,000 to $62,000.

5. Matthew Kubik, assistant coach, football, from $43,000 to $45,000.

6. Anthony Walker, assistant coach, men's basketball, from $20,400 to $25,000

7. Mathew Williamson, assistant coach, football, from $59,305 to $62,000.


Pay raises ranged from $2,000 to $5,000.

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nobonusforme 09/11/12 - 11:59 pm

Football coaches got raises last year too (on a hush hush basis) and some coaches still left, Hud Jackson etc. Matt Daniel left and he was paid 80-100k a year. The football coaches mentioned all make 40-50k a year or more. In conway I'm not sure how that's so bad? But just the foot all coaches? That's real fair. If it was the whole athletic department I could understand.

I've been at UCA a few years work 40+ with no increase in pay and won't even get this latest bonus. No wonder people leave UCA all the time.

Scarlet Sims
Scarlet Sims 09/12/12 - 07:40 am
Some made more

The lowest paid coach made $43,000 before the raise and $45,000 afterward, according to the Personnel Board List given out Sept. 7. The highest paid coach made $132,517 previously and $137,517 as of July 1. Another coach went from $57,000 to $62,000.

Scarlet Sims
Scarlet Sims 09/12/12 - 09:15 am
Men's basketball

One assistant coach who received a pay raise saw his salary go from $20,400 to $25,000. He is the lowest-paid coach to receive a raise.

Recesstime 09/19/12 - 04:35 pm
What is this about?

From UCA school paper

Courtway did not address the raises until four days later, which shows that if the raises had not been discovered, he probably would have said nothing about them.

UCA Faculty Senate President Kevin Browne spoke at the board of trustees meeting as well, saying that many faculty members were not convinced that administration had become transparent and honest. Browne’s comments foreshadowed the dishonesty Courtway showed in not announcing the raises during the board meeting.

Nothisgirl 09/21/12 - 01:29 pm
The key mystery

Whatever happen to the masterkeys and stolen drugs story regarding the former Vice President?

Snowless76 09/12/12 - 07:02 am

Instead of asking donors to fund coaches salaries, put the same
time in asking them to fund a faculty salary fund. This is common
at other places.

BuzzBy 09/12/12 - 07:17 am

Would stop building fountains, red brick sidwalks, and 100's of thousand in advertising they might have the money for staff rasies. Then if you have quality staff the word gets out and you get quailty students. But right now UCA just wants butts in seats long enough to get their pell grant $$$ and lotterly scholarship $$$'s

Bevy 09/12/12 - 10:06 am
Don't forget the skyboxes. I

Don't forget the skyboxes.

I know that athletics are important, but it seems to me that alot of colleges put more focus and money into sports than they do the education depts and pay the coaches more than teachers.

gone girl
gone girl 09/12/12 - 07:28 am

Classified employees did NOT get a raise last year. It has also been 2 years since we seen a COLA.

Scarlet Sims
Scarlet Sims 09/12/12 - 07:45 am
Last year

According to UCA, classified employees received a raise effective 1/1/11. Below is a direct quote pulled from an email from Graham Gillis.

"July 1, 2010 faculty and non-classified received a raise of 2.25% that was implemented 12/1/10 retroactively. Classified received a raise of 2% effective 1/1/11."

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