South Carolina might finally be done celebrating the school’s two Final Four appearances this spring. The Gamecocks’ first order of busy to get back to work is extending new contracts to men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley.
Athletic director Ray Tanner will present the contracts to the South Carolina Board of Trustees at its next scheduled meeting on April 21, according to thestate.com.
Exact salary increases were not available Monday, but each coach is expected to see a bump in pay. The board must approve all contracts, but once approved they are awarded retroactively. Any salary increase would begin from the date of the employees’ last game.
Martin and the men’s team won a school-record 26 games in 2016-17 and went to the program’s first Final Four. Not only was it their first significant run in the tournament, but the Gamecocks won a game in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1973.
Staley and the women won 33 games, and the SEC Tournament championship for the third consecutive season. She also led South Carolina to its second Final Four in three seasons.
South Carolina won the NCAA Women’s Tournament, beating Mississippi State in the championship game.
This is the second time the contracts for both coaches have been restructured. The last thing South Carolina wants to see is either coach leave for more money.