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Highest-Paid Sports Coaches In America 2011

Highest-Paid Sports Coaches In America 2011





When it comes to coaches that make the big bucks, the big four sports leagues in North America become the big two. The NFL and NBA are where the money is.



Bill Belichick

New England Patriots (NFL)

Annual salary: $7.5 million
Career record: 162-94 (.633)
Titles: 3

Belichick’s Pats haven’t taken a Super Bowl title since 2004, but they’ve still been winning like crazy (72-23) since.

Mike Shanahan

Washington Redskins

Annual salary: $7 million
Career record: 152-108 (.585)
Titles: 2

Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder invested big bucks in Shanahan, a two-time Super Bowl winner in Denver, to revitalize his franchise. After a 6-10 inaugural season, it’s still a work in progress.

Glenn “Doc” Rivers

Boston Celtics (NBA)

Annual salary: $7 million
Career record: 507-406 (.555)
Titles: 1

After much speculation about his future, Rivers just re-upped with Boston on a five-year deal that bumps his salary up from approximately $5.5 million a year.

Pete Carroll

Seattle Seahawks (NFL)

Annual salary: $7 million
Career record: 40-40 (.400)
Titles: 0

Building a college power at USC not only earned Carroll another NFL shot after a so-so run in the 1990s with the Jets and Patriots, it made him a hot commodity. He snuck into the playoffs at 7-9 last year.

Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs (NBA)

Annual salary: $6 million
Career record: 797-383 (.675)
Titles: 4

The NBA version of Belichick, Popovich just keeps winning year after year, bagging a few titles along the way.

Lovie Smith

Chicago Bears (NFL)

Annual Salary: $6 million
Career record: 63-49 (.563)
Titles: 0

Just got extended as his four-year, $22 million deal was expiring. Smith came within a game of a second Super Bowl appearance last year, losing to Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

Mike D’Antoni

New York Knicks (NBA)

Annual salary: $6 million
Career record: 370-315 (.540)
Titles: 0

Players love his fun, up-tempo style. But D’Antonio’s future may come down to what he does with his first full season with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony in 2011-12.

Ken Whisenhunt

Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
Annual salary: $5.75 million
Career record: 32-32 (.500)

The former Steelers assistant was rewarded with an extension in February 2010 after two division titles and a Super Bowl appearance in his first three years.

Tom Coughlin

New York Giants (NFL)

Annual salary: $5.25 million
Career record: 133-107 (.554)
Titles: 1

Coughlin, a six-time division winner in 15 pro seasons, has one season left on the four-year extension he got after the Giants’ 2007-08 Super Bowl season. The club is reportedly set to extend him beyond 2011.

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)

Annual salary: $5 million
Career record: 43-21 (.642)
Titles: 1

An extension Tomlin signed in the summer of 2010 roughly doubled his previous salary. With two Super Bowl appearances under his belt since replacing Bill Cowher in 2007, Tomlin signed through 2012 with an option for 2013.


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