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Bonus, baby: UH will show the money to coaches Coolen and Trapasso

By Ferd Lewis


Softball coach Bob Coolen is expected to join baseball coach Mike Trapasso in having his contract reworked by the University of Hawaii following a milestone postseason by the Rainbow Wahine.

Both are also due bonuses under their current contracts.

Coolen was in the first year of a five-year agreement when he guided the Rainbow Wahine to their first Women's College World Series appearance last week.

Athletic director Jim Donovan declined to discuss Coolen's contract, but Coolen said, "Jim did mention to me (at the World Series) that he wanted to talk to me after we got back."

Donovan has said he will reward Trapasso with a new deal following the Rainbows' Western Athletic Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament run.

Trapasso's three-year contract expired with the 2009 season and he was working on a one-year extension in 2010 that paid a reported $135,000.

Trapasso said, "Jim and I have had some preliminary discussions on the phone and will meet when he gets back in town."

Donovan was due back in Honolulu today after attending the WAC meetings in Las Vegas.

Under the terms of his contract, Trapasso confirmed he is due a $10,000 bonus for postseason play. He would have received an additional $5,000 had the 'Bows reached a super regional and $15,000 if they played in the College World Series.

Coolen's contract calls for a bonus of approximately $22,000, equivalent to three months of salary. UH said he receives one month each for: taking the Rainbow Wahine to the NCAA tournament, reaching the super regional or the College World Series. Coolen currently makes about $88,000 per year.

"I know as soon as I got back the business office told me about having a bonus coming and asked how I wanted it paid out," Coolen said. "But, to be honest, I don't even know how much I'm supposed to get."

Coolen was one of three UH coaches with a five-year deal, joining volleyball coach Dave Shoji and football coach Greg McMackin.

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