High-paid coaches draw salaries from other sources

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Local,Maryland,Ben Giles

Many of Maryland and Virginia's famous football and basketball coaches are missing from the list of the states' highest-paid employees.

That's because most of their salaries are paid by endowments and other non-state sources, according to Paul Logan, spokesman for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

So while George Mason University men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt topped the list of highest-paid Virginia employees with a paycheck of $659,750, Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer is missing. Beamer brings in a salary of $2.33 million, according to a USA Today report, but little of his salary is paid from state sources, Logan said. As a result, Beamer's name doesn't crack the top 14,500 names on a list of Virginia employees with base salaries of $75,000 or more.

Other coaches, such as Hewitt, see a more significant share of their salaries paid for by the state.

University of Virginia assistant football coach Bill Lazor earns $483,000 annually from the state, good for eighth place thanks to a $58,000 raise.

And Virginia Commonwealth University's Shaka Smart, who led the men's basketball team on an improbable run in the NCAA Final Four in 2011, earns $450,000 of his annual salary from the commonwealth.

Smart now earns $1.2 million annually, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report. That's a $125,000 raise from his salary before finding success in the NCAA tournament, giving Smart the 10th highest salary in the state.

Maryland men's basketball coach Randy Edsall earned a $1.9 million salary in 2011, according to a Washington Post report. State data shows only $420,000 of that salary is paid by the state.

Maryland football coach Mark Turgeon is also due guaranteed pay raises of $95,000 annually in the second through eighth years of his contract. - Ben Giles

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