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The Highest-Paid College Softball Coaches

Oklahoma's Tiare Jennings (23), Kinzie Hansen (9), Rylie Boone (0) and Jayda Coleman (24) celebrate following the second game of the Women's College World Championship Series between the Oklahoma Sooners and Florida State at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June, 8, 2023.
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When it comes to the highest-paid college softball coaches of 2024, one name towers above the rest. Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso takes the crown as the highest-paid college softball coach. 

She is almost in a league of her own.

Gasso earns $1.625 million a year to coach the Sooners. She is the only college softball coach who earns over a million a year.

Gasso outearns many college baseball coaches, a rarity when women trail men in salary in most sports

It’s not hard to see why she stands alone.

The Sooners have made every NCAA tournament since Gasso took over in 1995. She’s led them to 16 Women’s College World Series appearances. In 2023, Gasso led them to their third straight national championship.

Her title doesn’t seem like it will be going anywhere anytime soon.

Second on the list is Mike White of Texas. White earns $625K annually to coach the Longhorns. 

White has racked up an impressive .741 winning percentage in his six seasons at Texas. He’s reached the Women’s World Series seven times with Oregon and Texas. That mark has him tied for fifth-most appearances out of the highest-paid coaches. 

Lonni Alameda comes in at third on the list. Alameda earns $575K to coach the Florida State Seminoles. 

Since her appointment in 2009, the Seminoles have made an NCAA tournament appearance in every season. She was able to lead them to the top of the sport in 2018 with them winning a national championship that year. 

Texas A&M’s Trisha Ford comes in as the fourth-highest-paid college softball coach. Ford makes $570K a year to lead the Aggies. 

Ford was the only Power 5 coach to lead her team to a NCAA tournament appearance in her first season in 2023.

At fifth on the list, Patrick Murphy of Alabama earns $500K a year. Murphy has racked up over 1,000 career wins, fourth most on the list. 

He’s spent his entire coaching career at Alabama. Murphy has led them to 12 Women’s College World Series appearances in his 23 years and the 2012 national championship. 

Only the top five highest-paid college softball coaches earn $500K or more.

Ranking The Highest-Paid College Softball Coaches

Here is the entire list of the highest-paid college softball coaches of 2024. The list was compiled with data from Sports Daily.

  • Updated: May 30, 2024
RankCoachTeamCareer RecordWCWS AppearancesTotal Compensation
1Patty GassoOklahoma1,617-40416$1.625 million
2Mike WhiteTexas640-181-37$625,000
3Lonni AlamedaFlorida State815-3454$575,000
4Trisha FordTexas A&M432-2471$570,000
5Patrick MurphyAlabama1,097-31112$500,000
6Tim WaltonFlorida926-22310$460,000
7Courtney DeifelArkansas305-1740$450,000
8Heather TarrWashington788-2988$430,000
9Melyssa LombardiOregon155-850$400,000
10Jo EvansUC Santa Barbara1,300-7143$375,000
11Rachel LawsonKentucky624-3981$350,000
12Kelly Inouye-PerezUCLA775-1977$325,000
13Beverly SmithSouth Carolina425-2990$315,000
14Beth TorinaLSU621-3314$310,000
15Karen WeeklyTennessee1,264-4258$300,000
16Megan SmithUNC592–3420$285,000
17Larissa AndersonMissouri299-1700$280,000
18Jessica AllisterStanford486-2191$275,000
19Mickey DeanAuburn684-2810$270,000
20Laura BergOregon State283-2610$260,000

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