Minnesota Duluth’s second consecutive NCAA men’s hockey championship in 2018-19 was not just historic, it could prove to be financially lucrative to head coach Scott Sandelin and his staff.
UMD announced a four-year extension for Sandelin on Friday that will go before the University of Minnesota Board of Regents next week. The new deal that runs through the 2024-25 season includes a bump in Sandelin’s annual salary and to his performance-related bonus program.
And Sandelin’s staff will see an increase to their bonuses as well, and right away. All the bonus increases are retroactive to the 2018-19 season.
The extension Sandelin signed in 2016 included up to $75,000 in potential bonuses for the head coach and a pool of $50,000 to be distributed to his two assistant coaches for accomplishments such as winning NCHC and NCAA titles.
Under the new terms announced Friday, Sandelin could potentially earn an additional $160,000 in total bonuses each season while $84,000 is available to be distributed between the assistant and associate coach. Another $9,000 is now available for the director of operations, who was previously left out of the bonus pool.
For hosting an NCHC playoff series, winning the NCHC Frozen Faceoff championship, reaching the NCAA tournament, winning a first-round NCAA tournament game, reaching the NCAA Frozen Four and winning the NCAA championship in 2018-19, Sandelin will receive a $140,000 bonus.
Another $79,000 will be split by associate head coach Jason Herter and assistant Adam Krause while director of operations Christian Koelling gets $9,000.
Under the previous terms, Sandelin would have received $70,000 while Herter and Krause would have split $45,000.
The benchmarks that received the biggest boost were reaching the Frozen Four and winning an NCAA title. Sandelin’s bonus for reaching the Frozen Four jumped from $15,000 to $40,000 while an NCAA title now pays $50,000 compared to $25,000. For the assistants, a Frozen Four appearance increased from $10,000 to $15,000 while an NCAA title went from $15,000 to $20,000.
Sandelin and his assistants both see a $5,000 increase in making the NCAA tournament — which the program has done in five straight seasons — with Sandelin getting $20,000 and his assistants $15,000.
Bonus money for winning an NCAA tournament game is new. Sandelin gets $15,000 for that while the assistants get $10,000. UMD is 9-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament under Sandelin.
The only other new benchmark that was created was for NCAA Division I Coach of the Year, and that’s only for Sandelin. He gets $10,000 for winning that award, which surprisingly has only happened once in 2003-04. He’s been a finalist each of the last three seasons.
One of the conditions for Sandelin and his staff to qualify for the bonuses is the Bulldogs must have a team grade-point average above 2.5 and an academic progress rate above 930 with no findings of academic fraud or misconduct.