Maryland basketball assistants had NCAA tournament incentives added to contracts

December 20, 2012

Maryland men’s basketball assistant coaches Dalonte Hill, Bino Ranson and Scott Spinelli all had NCAA tournament incentives added to their one-year contracts, which were renewed this offseason.

Hill, Coach Mark Turgeon’s top-paid assistant, stands to make $25,000 should Maryland earn an NCAA tournament bid, while both Ranson and Spinelli would make $16,667.

Neither Spinelli nor Hill had the postseason bonuses in their contracts for the 2011-12 season. Ranson’s 2011-12 contract contained potential bonuses for regular season and ACC tournament success, plus scaled bonuses for each round Maryland reached in the NCAA tournament and academic bonuses based on the team’s graduation rates.

Those were removed from his current contract in favor of the single bonus for making the NCAA tournament, but in its place Ranson will receive compensation for “personal appearances on behalf of the university,” “fund raising activities” and “service, equipment and apparel endorsements.” All told, including automobile and cellphone allowance, Ranson will receive about $182,400, around a $7,500 raise. 

The contracts were obtained by The Post via a public records request.

All three assistants have demonstrated their value to Turgeon’s program upon his arrival in College Park. Hill, a former player and coach with the DC Assault AAU program, has established a recruiting pipeline in recent years, including class of 2013 signees Damonte Dodd and Roddy Peters and recent class of 2014 commit Melo Trimble

Ranson, the lone holdover from former coach Gary Williams’s staff, helped land Dez Wells this offseason after having recruited him while as an assistant at Xavier, while Spinelli, another top recruiter who is seen by some to have head coaching potential, took the lead on Jake Layman’s recruitment and has established a footprint up the I-95 corridor.

All three re-upped with one-year contracts that will expire on April 30, 2013. Neither Spinelli nor Hill had their guaranteed compensations or annual base salaries changed. Ranson previously received a “television and tournament revenue” of $21,000 per year, but now receives $25,000 for “radio and television appearances.”

Hill will receive $307,440 in guaranteed pay this season, down $30,000 from last season because this year’s contract does not include a relocation allowance. The same goes for Spinelli, who will receive $207,440 this season (his relocation allowance was $20,000).

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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