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Friday, January 16, 2009

Endowed coaching positions

Something I just discovered this week: The head coaching positions for Stanford's football and men's basketball teams are endowed. Football coach Jim Harbaugh is the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football; Basketball coach Johnny Dawkins is the Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball.

It seems like a good idea for everyone involved. The endowment presumably pays or helps pay salaries that probably are in the mid- or high-six figures. It seems like the type of naming opportunity a sports-minded donor would jump at--after all, the donor's name will be announced over the PA system during pre-game intros in front of 10,000 or 60,000 fans and potentially a television audience (if ESPN or whomever uses the title). Has anyone heard of other schools doing this? Does anyone know why Stanford alone seems to have gone this route?

Posted by Howard Wasserman on January 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM in Sports | Permalink


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Yale has the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football. What makes this particularly rich is that Smilow was the president of Playtex.

Posted by: Pam Karlan | Jan 17, 2009 6:09:56 PM

The head coach position for Harvard Football is also endowed.

Posted by: Guan Yang | Jan 16, 2009 11:06:11 PM

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