UT regents approve pay raise for women’s basketball coach Karen Aston

A healthy boost in pay for Karen Aston, the women’s basketball coach at the University of Texas, was approved Friday by the UT System Board of Regents as expected.

Aston’s annual guaranteed compensation rose $156,187, or 25 percent, to $777,500. Nonguaranteed pay, based on how well the team does, could bump her earnings up by as much as $195,000 for a total of $972,500; that’s $130,687 more than her maximum possible compensation under the previous employment agreement.

The team has steadily improved under Aston, advancing last season to the Elite Eight before losing to the University of Connecticut, the eventual national champion.

“The market for women’s basketball coaches is higher than ever before,” said Chris Plonsky, women’s athletics director. “We wanted to make a statement that we’re committed to her.”

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