Back in November of 2015, we did a piece that highlighted the 17 high school coaches in the state of Georgia that made $100,000 a year or more and it’s one of the most read articles in ever on the site.
A lawmaker in Alabama wants to pass a law to make sure that doesn’t happen in his state.
Craig Ford, Democratic state representative from Gadsden wants to enact a law that would put a cap on high school coaching salaries to limit the salary of coaches who don’t teach to 75% of the salary of the high school principal at the school, according to AL.com.
“We’re putting the cart before the horse when we pay a coach more than a teacher in the classroom,” Ford suggests, before adding that “it’s getting out of hand.”
Most coaches are teachers in one form or another, and the AL.com article goes on to name a number of coaches earning well over six-figures that teach a few classes involving the weight room that this specific law may not end up applying to.
The highest paid coach in the state, not surprisingly, is Hoover’s Josh Niblett, who makes $133,000 per year, and Niblett also teaches three classes a day in the school’s weight room. There are a number of other coaches in-state who earn over the $100,000 mark coaching and holding similar teaching duties involving weight training at the school.
If the law ends up specifying certain subjects that constitute “teaching a class”, and ends up leaving out weight lifting or similar duties and saying that coaches need to teach a core class, this could have an impact on quite a few coaches in Alabama, but at this point, the details of the proposed law are still being ironed out.
Head over to AL.com to read the full article, with more details.