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Who Are The Highest Paid College Baseball Coaches?

LSU baseball dog pile after winning the College World Series
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The 2023 College World Series averaged 1.65 million viewers, up 48% from 2022.

Last June, 392,946 fans descended on Omaha for the 16-game tournament, marking the third straight year of record-breaking attendance. There’s no shortage of money flowing into college baseball, but the most prestigious programs benefit most.

Tim Corbin of Vanderbilt sits atop the list as the highest-paid college baseball coach. He’s raking in $2.45 million per year as part of his deal. 

That’s $500K more than the next-highest coach on the list. 

Not just that, but he earns more than six MLB managers.

Corbin has been at Vanderbilt since 2003, turning them into perennial contenders in the College World Series. He’s led them to five tournament appearances and two national titles.

He’s also won four regular season SEC titles and Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2019. Thirty former Commodores have made MLB appearances after playing under Corbin.

Coming in second is Jay Johnson of LSU, who is set to make $1.79 million this year at the helm of Tigers baseball.

He led them to their seventh national title in school history in 2023, just his second year in the program. 

UNC’s Scott Forbes earns $1.7 million to land him third on the list. Forbes signed a five-year extension in May of 2023, as the school rewarded him for his 101-66 record since taking over in 2020.

The extension includes incentives for some milestones including making the Super Regional and the College World Series.

Fourth on the list is Mike Bianco. Ole Miss will pay Bianco $1.625 million this year to lead the Rebels. Bianco is the winningest coach in school history and has led them to their only national championship in 2022.

Closing out the top five highest-paid college baseball coaches is Jim Schlossnagle, who coaches the Texas A&M Aggies for an annual salary of $1.58 million.

He’s one of just four coaches to win multiple College World Series games at different programs. In his third season at Texas A&M, he is looking to guide the Aggies to their third straight College World Series appearance under him.

All eleven highest-paid college baseball coaches earn over $1.1 million per year.

The SEC dominates the top 25 highest-paid coaches with eleven making the list. The ACC is the second-most represented conference with six.

Ranking The Highest-Paid College Baseball Coaches

Here is the entire list of highest-paid college baseball coaches of 2024. The list was compiled using data from USA Today, The Tennessean, 24/7 Sports, and NCAA.

  • Updated: May 30, 2024
RankCoachTeamCareer RecordCWS AppearancesTotal Compensation
1Tim CorbinVanderbilt883-420-15$2.45 million
2Jay JohnsonLSU411-2113$1.79 million
3Scott ForbesNorth Carolina1,092-4777$1.7 million
4Mike BiancoOle Miss879-514-12$1.625 million
5Jim SchlossnagleTexas A&M893-4406$1.58 million
6Tony VitelloTennessee235-992$1.5 million
7Dave Van HornArkansas1,424-6817$1.35 million
8Kevin O’SullivanFlorida681-3198$1.29 million
9Chris LemonisMississippi State308-184-24$1.275 million
T-10Tim TadlockTexas Tech814-3214$1.2 million
T-10David PierceTexas261-1383$1.2 million
11Dan McDonnellLouisville719-311-15$1.10 million
12Erik BakichClemson397-314-11$850,000
13Brian O’ConnorVirginia839-353-26$765,000
T-14Scott StricklinGeorgia649-424-10$655,000
T-14Mark WasikowskiOregon212-1530$655,000
T-16Mark KingstonSouth Carolina453-310-10$600,000
T-16Josh HollidayOklahoma State403-219-21$600,000
18Nick MingioneKentucky249-1585$575,000
19Steve BieserMissouri158-131-10$475,000
T-20Cliff GodwinEast Carolina351-170-10$500,000
T-20Chip HaleArizona72-510$500,000
22Elliot AventNC State1252-8242$434,833
23Mitch CanhamOregon State171-830$400,000
24Matt DeggsLouisiana342-2120$350,000

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