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Wahine basketball coach to get road game win bonus

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 03:26 p.m. HST, Apr 10, 2012

New University of Hawaii women's basketball coach Laura Beeman will receive a $1,000 bonus for each mainland road victory under terms of her recently executed contract, the school said.

Beeman was named to succeed Dana Takahara-Dias March 23rd.

Beeman's contract is said to be worth between $130,000-$140,000 annually but has an extensive list of bonus possibilities including the road victory clause her predecessor did not have.

The Rainbow Wahine, who went 11-19 for the 2011-'12 season, were 4-5 in mainland road games.

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primowarrior wrote:
Sounds fair to me. UH teams often don't do well on the road, and if she can get W's, all the better.
on April 10,2012 | 10:56AM
aiea7 wrote:
so, if she goes zero wins at home, 10 wins on the road, gets an additional $10,000 plus her salary of $135,000? does it sound logical? you get paid to win games both on the road and at home. incentives are for winning the conference or getting into tournaments, but just winning games is part of the regular compensation.. donovan, what is this nonsense? what next? if the coach wears green to every game, she gets $500? ludicrous.
on April 10,2012 | 11:10AM
JBS wrote:
It's a creative way to get a higher caliber of coach. Would you be griping if they simply said she has a base salary $10,000 higher? Done this way at least it gives both sides incentive - UH gets a lower base salary but she gets more if she wins at the harder to win road games. So yes it does sound logical.
on April 10,2012 | 12:42PM
EyeKea wrote:
I agree, it make no difference WHERE the games are won of lost, it's how many W's you get at the end of the regular season that counts. Get enough W's in the conference and you get into championship tourney, if you get enough W's, there is an outside chance of making it into post season tournaments. The incentive should be based on the NUMBER of W's she get during the season and a bonus if they make it into the conference tournament, a bonus for winning the championship, and another for making it into a post season tournament. If we WIN the national title, then give her a nice BIG bonus!
on April 10,2012 | 12:43PM
JBS wrote:
I can appreciate different opinions such as your's. But isn't it fair to say that road games are harder to win and if the team can win a few more of those - it makes getting a better conference seed. Which can make life easier to get to the NCAA postseason. Both of which you say are ok for a bonus. (No doubt there's bonus money for those too.) Again it's a way for UH to attract a better coach with a lower base pay - but gives that coach a chance to make more through whatever areas they agree on.
on April 10,2012 | 12:57PM
nomakeshame wrote:
I would think the womens volleyball and softball teams would argue the point that winning on the road is harder, after all, they seem to have figured out how to win on the road without any monetary incentives for the coach. I think if the bylaws were to allow the athletes to be paid for road wins, the mens football, basketball and baseball might just start winning on the road too.
on April 10,2012 | 05:42PM
honopic wrote:
Will $1,000 be deducted from her salary for each road loss? She'll already be making over $4,000 per game coached, win or lose. Fair is fair. if there is a bonus for success, there should be a penalty for failure. How many UH professors are making $130K a year? My guess is very few.
on April 10,2012 | 11:18AM
JBS wrote:
Do you in fact know the average salary of professors? I don't but I imagine senior and department heads make at least this much. So since she's the head of the one women's basketball team I'm fine with the salary. It's not like her assistants will be making this kind of money. How many UH professors have the potential to fill up the Stan Sheriff Center with ticket buying fans? My guess...few if any.
on April 10,2012 | 12:46PM
aiea7 wrote:
jbs - what are our drinking? you really believe that the wahine basketball team will fill up the center? you have to think what is reasonable; to say things that are not achievable is silly. the incentive should be on total wins not just road wins. for example if the team wins 15 games, she gets $1000, for every win thereafter. it is about winning championships and getting into post season tournaments, not just winning a game. you can win 1 game on the road (get paid $135,000 $1000) and lose all other games, is that a successful season? no need to win homes games, since no incentive.
on April 10,2012 | 02:06PM
JBS wrote:
Aiea7...relax... Just a bit of exaggeration on selling out the Stanley for effect. True that's a bit unreal but Wahine basketball can (or did) during the Vince Goo / Nani Cockett days draw large crowds and that should be the new program's goal for fans. As for your home vs away wins and incentives. All coaches of course try to win every game home or away. We'll have to agree to disagree - I believe winning those harder road games = getting those post season tournaments you mention. Thus it's fine to offer a bonus on them.
on April 10,2012 | 03:27PM
derek_millennium wrote:
I would offer more than a grand. After all, road wins contribute so much to conference positions and title as well as the overall success of the season. Good idea!
on April 10,2012 | 11:31AM
honopic wrote:
Why was my comment removed? I merely suggested there should be a penalty for road losses if there is a bonus for road wins, and pointed out that the coach will be making over $4,000 per game, win or lose. My comment was posted, then disappeared. Isn't that censorship?
on April 10,2012 | 11:43AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Let's see how she last before she suffers the same fate as her predecessor.
on April 10,2012 | 11:51AM
jkjones wrote:
that's a start in the right direction. I believe conference road games are more valuable. tournament wins, etc. bottomline is to win, win, win. this program has been a constant underachiever since Goo's last year and it should be contributing to revenue. not saying to pay its way--few women BB programs do, but losing sucks.
on April 10,2012 | 12:44PM
cojef wrote:
For a college team, do not believe any incentives are necessary, as her overall performance will remain with the coach and enhance her marketabilty as a coach. When money is involved, it connotes winning at any cost and serve notice to our young college student that money moves mountains. Also it sounds more like pro-league mentality and the dangers lurk in the shadows as has beset the NFL where coaches are directing player to maim the opposing team member to win at any cost.
on April 10,2012 | 01:35PM
loquaciousone wrote:
on April 10,2012 | 02:12PM
islandsun wrote:
Why not, wins on the road are far and few in beween. But she still needs to win at home.
on April 10,2012 | 02:35PM
jkjones wrote:
incentives are nothing more than condition subsequents and are used in contract negotiations to arrive at a sum within reach of the figure a coach is asking, but short unless specific performances are met. In the case of MAC, where he was over paid, UHAD should have had in place penalty clauses to reduce his base if his performance was less than desired for that sum. UH authored a sweetheart deal in that case. UHAD fumbled. Laura Beeman has rising stock value and still is considered young in her trade. JD did a good job. Both in timing and to lift his offer with doable incentives to seal the deal. As, we recall, USC countered with a raise to retain Beeman. Most agree, Beeman was a solid choice.
on April 10,2012 | 04:41PM
islandsun wrote:
Yes this is by far the best decision Donovan can be given credit for and expectations are much higher.
on April 10,2012 | 05:07PM
heluhelu wrote:
MBB Final Four coaches averaged $3m in salary *before* incentives. Those incentives included $50k for conference titles and $100k more for surviving the regionals. Pat Summitt will earn about $2m/yr in salary and bonuses through 2014, health permitting. Its not apples to apples where UH WBB is concerned; not even apples to apple berries.Otherwise, road win bonuses are nothing new. It's what MANY cash-strapped programs do to compete with deeper products for promising talent.
on April 10,2012 | 05:51PM
usahwn wrote:
Who are you kidding ? You are hired to produce a winning team; I would suggest resigning now before you get booed out of the SC. Bonus is to making the final four .
on April 10,2012 | 06:49PM
jkjones wrote:
everything at UH will come in baby steps. We are what we are. At least this is a step forward. The wahine BB program remains on life support. Two bad hiring decisions by Frazier and JD knocked us to the floor. Personally, Im not expecting a final four appearance--you are talking about teams like Baylor, UConn, Tenn and the like.. Donovan is in recovery mode--at least he didnt hire a high school coach. Most are just looking forward to a wahine BB game with less than 10 turnovers before half-time and a team that can break-even on its record. The proof is in the puddin and coach Beeman has a long way to go.
on April 10,2012 | 09:49PM