Greg Carvel’s new contract will pay $500k per year, increase $25k per year

  • UMass coach Greg Carvel, center, signed a five-year contract extension with a base salary of $500,000.02 plus incentives. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

  • UMass coach Greg Carvel, center, signed a five-year contract extension with a base salary of $500,000.02 plus incentives. THOM KENDALL/UMASS ATHLETICS

  • UMass coach Greg Carvel, center, signed a five-year contract extension with a base salary of $500,000.02 plus incentives. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

Staff Writer
Published: 6/10/2021 3:11:54 PM

UMass hockey coach Greg Carvel’s new contract extension gave him about a 40 percent raise. Carvel will receive an annual base salary of $500,000 per year, according to the contract. His previous deal paid him $357,088 in base salary in 2019 and $97,500 in other pay.

In terms of base salary, it will make him UMass’ highest paid coach. Football coach Walt Bell was paid $403,693 last year, though he made $627,837 in total pay, while men’s basketball coach Matt McCall made a $250,000 base salary ($827,000 total).

The contract is nominally a five-year deal set to expire in 2026, but an additional year will be added each year on April 11 unless the university notifies Carvel in writing at the end of the contract year. He will also receive a $25,000 base pay bump each April 11.

Carvel can receive bonuses for academic and athletic achievements by the team. He’ll earn a $5,000 bonus for any academic year in which the team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) is between 985-989. The NCAA uses the APR to keep its teams academically accountable. Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible. A program’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s APR.

The bonus increases to $6,000 for each year the APR is between 990 and 999, and bumps to $7,000 for a perfect 1,000. The provision kicks in with the publishing of the spring 2021 single year APR report.

On the ice, Carvel would be due a $5,000 bonus for being named Hockey East Coach of the Year. An American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year award will trigger a $12,500 bonus. The coach of the year awards from College Hockey News and USCHO.com are worth $2,500 each.

If UMass wins a Hockey East regular season title, Carvel is due a $10,000 bonus. Reaching the Hockey East Tournament semifinals will net him $2,500, while winning the Hockey East Tournament title, which UMass did for the first time this spring, gains a $10,000 bonus.

An at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament also will trigger a $10,000 bonus, while each NCAA Tournament win is worth $5,000. Carvel will get a $25,000 bonus for each Frozen Four berth, and another national title would get him $50,000. UMass won its first national championship this April.

Carvel will receive 16 season tickets to each home game at the Mullins Center every season.

UMass is also providing a country club membership to Carvel to the club of its choosing. Carvel will be responsible for the taxes associated to the membership.

He’ll receive either a courtesy car or a monthly car allowance of $1,000 per month each year of the contract.

Should Carvel resign to accept another college or professional position, he will owe the university a $500,000 buyout. If the university terminates the contract without cause, it will owe Carvel $500,000 for each year remaining in the deal.

GET YOUR PAIRINGS HERE – The Atlantic 10 conference announced its men’s basketball pairings Thursday. UMass will face Duquesne, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s and VCU at the Mullins Center and travel to Davidson, Dayton, Richmond and St. Bonaventure.

Each team will play every opponent once and five opponents twice. The 2022 conference tournament will take place at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. March 9-13.

PLAY BALL – Carvel will throw out the first pitch prior to Sunday’s Boston Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. The game will start at 1:10 p.m.

The Minutemen will be recognized as a team September 6.

GOOD MORROW TO YOU – Scott Morrow, the 39th ranked American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final 2021 draft ratings, will be a Minuteman next season, the school announced Thursday. He spent three years at Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minn.) and played in the USHL.

“Scott is a highly-skilled, offensive-minded, right shot defenseman with great size who projects to be another elite NHL prospect for our program,” Carvel said in a release. “Scott has great mobility and tremendous ability with the puck which allows him to create offense.”

Morrow averaged 1.29 points per game at Shattuck and tallied 48 points last year.

ANOTHER DRAFT PICK INBOUND – Forward Lucas Mercuri will join the UMass hockey team next season, the team announced Wednesday. He previously played for the USHL’s Des Moines Buccaneers and was a sixth round pick by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2020.

“His offensive vision and instincts are fun to watch as he makes tremendous plays with the puck but he also has a nose for the net in scoring goals. We expect Lucas to be an important offensive player from early on and hope to see him move on to the NHL someday once his game is fully developed,” Carvel said in a release.

The 6-foot-3, 192-pound forward scored 13 goals and had 24 assists last season.

TRANSFER ROUNDS OUT ROSTER – UMass filled its final men’s basketball roster spot for next season when the school announced Greg Jones will transfer from Southern Connecticut State.

He started 25 games in 2019-20 and averaged 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Division II Fighting Owls. SCSU did not have a season last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Greg is a high character young man who has a tremendous passion for the game,” UMass coach Matt McCall said in a release. “We are extremely excited to bring someone with so much positive energy into our program. Greg is a tough kid who is willing to embrace the challenge of playing and guarding multiple positions on the floor. Those are the kind of guys we want here at UMass.”

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter@kylegrbwsk.


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