UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford receives contract extension through 2022

  • UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford has received a two-year contract extension through 2022. GAZETTE STAFF JERREY ROBERTS

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The University of Massachusetts administration endorsed the path Ryan Bamford has the athletic department on, giving him a two-year contract extension after two years on the job.

Bamford’s original five-year deal took him from his hiring on April 27, 2015 to April 26, 2020. The extension goes until April 26, 2022.

“Ryan Bamford has provided strong leadership for our Athletics Department, and he is devoted to the success of our student-athletes. We are pleased to extend Ryan’s contract, and we look forward to many additional accomplishments in the years ahead,” Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said in a release announcing the extension.

Bamford expressed appreciation in the same release.

“I am honored to receive this two-year extension from Chancellor Subbaswamy. Since I arrived at UMass in 2015, I have been humbled by the opportunity to lead the intercollegiate athletics program at the Commonwealth’s Flagship campus,” he said. “I am extremely fortunate to work with some outstanding colleagues and some of the best and brightest student-athletes. I believe in this University and look forward to continuing our development of a championship-caliber athletics program that complements our status as a renowned public research institution.”

While UMass has had success in some of the Olympic sports, other than building a nonconference football schedule, his most notable actions in the higher profile programs have come in hirings and firings. Bamford fired hockey coach John Micheletto and women’s basketball coach Sharon Dawley in 2016 and replaced them with Greg Carvel and Tory Verdi, respectively. He dismissed men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg in March and replaced him with Matt McCall.

Bamford’s new deal raises his base salary from $250,000 annually to $300,000. He has new retention bonuses if he remains employed by UMass on May 1 in 2018 ($10,000), 2019 ($15,000), 2020 ($20,000) and 2021 ($25,000).

Bamford’s bonuses tied to teams’ athletic and academic performances remain in place from the initial contract. Those bonuses cannot exceed $37,500 in any given year. Bamford is eligible for a one-time bonus of up to $25,000 at the chancellor’s discretion if UMass enters an FBS football conference.

His contract also includes allowances for a car ($12,000) and country club membership ($7,500).

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