Which Ivy League school spends the most on its head athletic coaches? According to data from the U.S. Department of Education Equity in Athletics Data Analysis, that would be Princeton University. Which Ivy League school spends the most on its assistant athletic coaches? That would be Harvard University. Which Ivy League school spends the least on both head and assistant coaching salaries? That would be Dartmouth College.
As reports Thomas Patti for The Brown Daily Herald in a piece entitled “University spends second least in Ivy on coach salaries,” “Coaching salaries depend heavily on the Athletic Department’s fundraising and revenue…Ivy League schools do not profit from athletics, meaning that their athletic department’s total expenses, including coaching salaries, must match the department’s total revenue. Brown athletics rank last in the Ivy League in total revenue, generating 19 percent less income than the next-lowest school, Cornell, and 52 percent less than the highest-grossing school, Yale.”
Do these figures surprise our readers? In light of Dartmouth’s 18 historic titles in Ivy League football and Princeton’s 12 and as these two undefeated teams square off this weekend likely with this year’s Ivy League title on the line, do our readers find it interesting that Princeton spends the most among its Ivy League peers on head coaching salaries while Dartmouth spends the least? Is Dartmouth the Oakland A’s of Ivy League athletics? Let us know your thoughts on the subject by posting a Comment below. We look forward to hearing from you!