Which ACC athletic director makes the most money?

The outstanding Jason deBruyn (go follow this man) published a report on Thursday at WUNC on compensation for Division I athletic directors. deBruyn used data collected by Spencer Fane — a law firm that markets to college athletic departments.

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Where the ACC stands out?

Here’s a look at how each athletic director from the ACC — including Jack Swarbrick at Notre Dame — stacks up. Obviously, some details involving athletic directors at private schools are missing. It would be fascinating to have all of that information; what’s labeled below only paints part of the picture.

ADSchoolBase SalaryAdditional University CompensationTotal CompensationMax Bonus
Martin JarmondBoston CollegeN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dan RadakovichClemson$300,000$650,000$950,000$250,000
Kevin WhiteDuke$1,451,585N/A$1,451,585N/A
Stan WilcoxFSU$232,831$544,647$777,478$538,000
Todd StansburyGeorgia Tech$500,000$412,000$912,000$50,000
Vince TyraLouisville$850,000$0$850,000$0
Blake JamesMiamiN/AN/AN/AN/A
Debbie YowNC State$397,865 $301,000$698,865$961,000
Bubba CunninghamUNC$740,440 $260,000$1,000,440$661,414
Jack SwarbrickNotre Dame$994,751$2,056,169$3,050,920N/A
Heather LykePittN/AN/AN/AN/A
John WildhackSyracuseN/AN/AN/AN/A
Carla WilliamsUVA$550,000$150,000$700,000$0
Whit BabcockVirginia Tech$700,088$330,000$1,030,088$491,681
Ron WellmanWake Forest$1,106,115N/A$1,106,115N/A

As deBruyn notes, Swarbrick’s total compensation of $3 million is double of any of his peers. In terms of total compensation, three ACC directors rank inside the top 10 nationally: Swarbrick, Kevin White and Ron Wellman. In part because of Swarbrick’s outlier salary, the ACC has the highest average total compensation for athletic directors: $1.14 million.

(And they say there isn’t any money for the athletes — give me a break.)


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