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Maryland Athletics Coaches Volunteer for Additional Pay Cuts

By Maryland Today Staff

Thirteen Terps coaches and Athletic Director Damon Evans have volunteered to take additional pay cuts, Maryland Athletics announced today. Every Terrapin head coach who receives supplemental pay has agreed to up to an additional 10% voluntary pay cut, on top of the university-imposed base pay salary reduction. Evans will take an additional voluntary pay cut of 10% from his supplemental pay.

To help cope with the financial burden imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the university last month announced temporary salary reductions of up to 10% for employees with annual salaries greater than $150,000.

Head coaches taking voluntary pay reductions are: Sasho Cirovski (men’s soccer), Brenda Frese (women’s basketball), Michael Locksley (football), Missy Meharg (field hockey), Cathy Reese (women’s lacrosse), John Tillman (men’s lacrosse) and Mark Turgeon (men’s basketball).

Maryland’s highest-earning assistant coaches with supplemental pay will also take voluntary pay cuts: men’s basketball coaches Matt Brady, Deandre Haynes and Orlando Ranson; and football coaches George Helow, Jon Hoke and Scottie Montgomery.

“This is an incredible demonstration of generosity and commitment to the mission of our athletic department,” said Evans. “I appreciate these coaches' continued understanding during these unprecedented times. The pandemic has dealt us a financial crisis that requires difficult decisions. We continue to stay resilient and we will get through this together. Focus on the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes remains our top priority as we are committed to maintaining their student experience to the best of our abilities.”

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