ETSU women’s basketball coach gets $10,000 raise

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Just two years into her coaching career at East Tennessee State University, women’s basketball coach Brittney Ezell is getting a $10,000 raise.

According to her latest contract, signed in the last few months, Coach Ezell is now making $130,000 a year in base salary plus a $20,000 annual stipend for appearances. She previously made $120,000 a year in base salary plus a $20,000 stipend, according to her previous contract.

ETSU announced the university was giving Coach Ezell a contract extension back in March. Her contract now runs through June 2020.

Athletic Director Dr. Richard Sander says Coach Ezell’s “total body of work” justified the new five-year deal complete with an eight percent increase.

“By re-invigorating an almost totally dead program by winning games, qualifying for a post-season tournament, engaging and inspiring the community and creating a culture of excellence for her team and players, she demonstrated that she created huge value not only for ETSU (but) for the entire Northeast Tennessee region,” Dr. Sander said in a statement. “My philosophy is to reward for results, not for experience or effort. The bottom line is Coach Ezell’s team captured the imagination of not only the ETSU fanbase but also the folks who enjoy seeing people come together as a team with a total focus on the success of that team.”

Ezell led the Bucs to 21 wins last season, which was a major improvement from her first season as head coach. She also led to the team to a Women’s NIT appearance, which gained her a $2,500 bonus.

Her contract lays out another $20,000 worth of incentives, which are all contingent on her teaming winning more than 50% of its games.

WEB EXTRA: Amendment to head women’s basketball coaching agreement between ETSU and Brittany Ezell (.pdf)

According to Tennessee Board of Regents’ records, her predecessor Karen Kemp made just under $130,000 when she retired back in 2013.

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