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Appears Duke compensates Coach K well in salary, benefits

May 16, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT


A day after Duke landed Top 30 recruit Amile Jefferson of Friend’s Cental (Pa.), a tax return obtained by USA Today shows that Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski is doing pretty well for himself.

The report shows that Coach K brought in more than $7.2 million in compensation during the 2010 calendar year, second only to Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who pulled in over $8.9 million.

Here is the breakdown:

$1,979,257 in base compensation.

$3,747,906 in bonus and incentive compensation.

$1,447,339 in retirement and other deferred compensation.

$41,894 in other reportable compensation.

$17,580 in non-taxable benefits.

Duke, in its standing as a private institution, is not obligated to make public the contracts with its employees.

During the period the USA Today reported, Duke won the national championship, beating Butler and finishing the season with a 35-5 record.

Krzyzewski became the winning coach in NCAA Division I history in 2011-12, when Duke beat Michigan State in November.

This past year, the Blue Devils were eliminated in the Round of 64 by underdog Lehigh.

To read USA Today’s report in its entirety, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. seanb20124 - May 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Does he coach Team USA for free?

  2. metalarmdad - May 16, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    What he gets from Duke doesn’t count the extra that he get from boosters, under the table, just to name a few. I know a booster who is all the time being ask for money for the “program”. The NCAA turns it’s head for Duke all the time and has since Coach K has been there, aka Corey Maggette. The NCAA is lowdown and dirty with Mark Emmert as the worst ever.

    • tinker61 - May 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      metalarmdad,You Sir are an idiot. You post an opinion with no basis for your opinion. Just so you know, the Magette thing was investigated by a federal grand jury. The responstble party went to prison and Magette testified under oath that Duke recruiters knew nothing about his AAU money. So get A LIFE and post the truth for a change. Obviously, all you know about Duke University and Mike Krzyzewski is hate and jealousy.

    • davessworks - Nov 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Metalarmdad, when you have both learned to write in proper English and can substantiate anything you say then I’ll listen to you. Until then please crawl back into the hole you came from.

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