The contract extensions for Nevada Wolf Pack head football coach Chris Ault and women’s basketball head coach Jane Albright were approved by the Nevada Board of Regents on Friday.
“Recommending these contract extensions now reflects our intention to sustain momentum for these successful Nevada Wolf Pack programs,” said Nevada athletic director Cary Groth.
Ault had his contract extended two years, through June 30, 2014. Ault’s contract calls calls for a $25,000 annual salary increase, though the head coach has indicated he will forgo the increase in the coming year and will voluntarily accept a 4.8 percent salary reduction on the portion of his salary funded through the State of Nevada’s budget allocation to the university. This percentage reduction is comparable to that approved by the Regents on Friday for all faculty and staff.
Ault’s current, annual salary is $443,092, of which $166,104 represents state funds. Under his current contract, Ault’s annual salary would have been $476,065 as of July 1, 2011. With the voluntary adjustments, Ault’s salary for 2012 will be $435,119, of which $158,131 represents state funds.
“In light of our statewide troubled economy and the cuts many of our state workers are enduring, I felt it was important to share in the reductions,” Ault said. “I appreciate the support of President (Marc) Johnson and Cary, and look forward to the continued building of our football tradition and success.”
“Wolf Pack football had an incredible season last year, one that put the program on the national radar and energized our community of Wolf Pack fans,” Groth said. “Coach Ault is an experienced, successful coach and he remains the right person to lead this program.”
“Chris Ault’s passion, drive and dedication can’t be matched and I am very pleased to know he will remain at the helm of the Nevada Wolf Pack football program for three more years,” said Nevada president Marc Johnson.
Albright’s contract extension is for five five additional years and will expire June 30, 2016. Albright’s annual salary will remain $150,000 and will be subject to the reductions or furloughs approved by the Board of Regents. Albright’s salary is supported entirely by self-supporting funds and is not supported by state funds.
“Under Coach Albright’s leadership, Wolf Pack women’s basketball has enjoyed great success and last year posted its first 20-win season in the program’s history,” Groth said. “Coach Albright is deeply committed to building a winning program, while also preparing her players for success after college. During her time as head coach, all of the student athletes in Coach Albright’s program have graduated on time.”
“The University of Nevada is heading in a very exciting direction and I am proud to have the opportunity to continue building on the foundation of success that defines Wolf Pack Athletics,” Albright said.