Virginia men’s lacrosse coach Dom Starsia agreed to a five-year contract on Jan. 18 that will keep him signed with the university through the 2016 season. Starsia will make $250,000 in annual compensation for the duration of the new deal, which marks a 64.8 percent raise from the guaranteed pay he received from his previous contract.
Starsia, who will be 60 by the end of this season, also is eligible for two separate longevity bonuses as part of the agreement. Starsia will be paid $225,000, less withholding, if he is Virginia’s coach on Jan. 24, 2015. He will be paid $150,000, less withholding, if he is Virginia’s coach on Jan. 24, 2017, which also marks the contract’s termination date.
Entering his 20th season as Virginia’s coach, Starsia has led the Cavaliers to four national championships and six ACC titles. Virginia opened its 2012 campaign ranked No. 1 in the nation after winning the 2011 national championship. The Cavaliers opened their season with a 9-8 victory Saturday at Drexel and will host Virginia Military Institute on Tuesday.
For each year of the contract – which was obtained via a public records request – Starsia will earn $150,000 in base salary and will be paid $100,000, less withholding, in supplemental income. He also holds discretion over the allocation of funds generated from the school’s equipment contract with deBeer Lacrosse and is eligible for a number of annual competitive bonuses from the school and from the shoe apparel company Nike.
At any time and for any reason over the next five years, the university has the option to reassign Starsia without cause to another position at the school. If that were to happen, Virginia would continue to owe Starsia the same base salary and supplemental income stipulated in his latest contract. The agreement contains no buyout clause.
After the May 2010 death of Virginia women’s lacrosse player Yeardley Love, it was revealed that eight Cavaliers men’s lacrosse players – including George Huguely, whose trial on murder charges in connection with Love’s death is set to resume Wednesday with jury deliberation – had been arrested for alcohol-related incidents (two were found not guilty).
In July 2008, Starsia signed a four-year extension that paid him $111,700 in base salary and $40,000 in supplemental income. Under the terms of that deal, the university could have reassigned Starsia to another position within the university without cause, but it would have owed him only his base salary for the contract’s duration. That agreement did contain a buyout clause.