University of Wisconsin coaches in 14 sports were given performance bonuses totaling just over $1 million during the 2011-12 school year.
According to data supplied by the school, football coach Bret Bielema and men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan topped the list of recipients with awards of $250,000 and $100,000, respectively.
In all, Badgers coaches received $1,011,604 in bonuses, which are paid entirely through gift funds and aren’t guaranteed by the school, though they must be approved by the UW Athletic Board, the Board of Regents and the chancellor.
The rewards, introduced in 1994, are based on a percentage of individual base salary. They acknowledge team accomplishments, such as conference championships, NCAA tournament appearances and bowl games, as well individual achievements, such as coach of the year citations.
Bielema and his assistants received 20 percent bonuses because the Badgers won the Big Ten Conference title (5 percent) and qualified for a Bowl Championship Series assignment in the Rose Bowl (15 percent).
Of the $745,409 in awards paid to the football staff, $305,100 went to assistants who are no longer employed at UW. Bielema had six aides leave for other jobs after the 2011 season, including offensive coordinator Paul Chryst ($73,200), offensive line coach Bob Bostad ($60,000), linebackers coach Dave Huxtable ($50,700), recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph ($50,400), special teams and safeties coach DeMontie Cross ($38,400) and wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander ($32,400).
Ryan received his bonus after guiding the Badgers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament (10 percent).
Mick Byrne, the only UW coach to produce a national champion, received bonuses totaling $13,125 after the Badgers won the NCAA men’s cross country title (15 percent) after claiming the Big Ten crown (5 percent). He also was cited for his work as an assistant for men’s track, which won the Big Ten outdoor title (5 percent).
Mark Johnson received $27,880 in bonuses after he led the women’s hockey team to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title (5 percent), was named the league’s coach of the year (2 percent) and guided the Badgers to a berth in the NCAA title game (10 percent).