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Pay cuts might be in order for UH coaches

Some of them could be asked for voluntary 5-percent reductions at a meeting today

By Ferd Lewis


Some University of Hawaii head coaches say they expect to be asked to accept voluntary 5 percent pay cuts for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The coaches, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak for the department, said athletic director Jim Donovan has scheduled a coaches-only meeting for today and the continuation of pay reduction will be a major topic on the agenda.

Donovan declined comment Tuesday.

The request would come as voluntary pay cuts adopted in 2009 expire next week with the conclusion of the current fiscal year and a new round of Board of Regents-ordered "temporary salary reductions for executive and managerial personnel" is undertaken.

Donovan and associate athletic directors Carl Clapp, John McNamara and Marilyn Moniz-Kaho‘ohanohano were part of 190 executives who took pay cuts that began Sept. 1, 2009, ranging from 5 to 10 percent.

In addition, several head coaches, including Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji, football coach Greg McMackin and baseball coach Mike Trapasso, agreed to accept voluntary cuts in varying amounts, people involved said.

Except for McMackin, whose cut was announced along with his penalties for a gay slur in 2009, UH declined to identify the coaches or say how many participated.

McMackin accepted a 7 percent cut on his $1.1 million annual salary that ends June 30.

Under the previous round of reductions, whether coaches agreed to cuts or not was not to be a factor in contract renewal decisions, the athletic department said.

Overall, the cuts were calculated to save the school approximately $2 million. The athletic department, which is trying to finish in the black for the second time in a decade, was forecasting approximately $250,000 in savings.

The latest round of salary cuts was approved by the regents at their May meeting and will standardize rollbacks for most executive and managerial personnel at 5 percent.

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, who made the proposal, volunteered to take a 10 percent cut of her $475,008 base salary.

The upcoming round of cuts is forecast to save UH approximately $1.6 million.

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