UH Coaches Arnold, Beeman, Trapasso await approval on contracts
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
The University of Hawaii athletic department may be struggling to make ends meet, but three prominent coaches are on the verge of increasing their pay by a combined $55,000.
Sources confirmed that Rainbow Warrior basketball coach Gib Arnold has agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $365,000 a year. That's a $21,000 raise and makes Arnold the highest paid coach in the Big West Conference.
Like his cohorts, Gib's contract has athletic and -- for the first time -- academic incentives. In his four seasons at UH, the Bows have a 72-55 record.
Rainbow Wahine basketball coach Laura Beeman has also agreed to terms of a 3-year deal that will pay her $170,000 a season with escalator clauses.
Her $26,000 raise takes her into the top-25-percentile in the country, and it's well deserved.
In her two seasons on the bench, Beeman's squad has gone to the WNIT twice. Prior to her arrival, UH hadn't had a winning season in five years.
Rainbow Warrior Baseball coach Mike Trapasso also agreed to a 3-year extension that will increase his salary to an estimated $185,000 per season. That's an $8,000 bump.
The Baseball Bows have struggled since moving to the Big West conference accumulating a 38-66 record.
But prior to 2012, UH had won two WAC titles since 2009, which included an NCAA appearance in 2010. All contracts have not been finalized and still require the signature of UH Chancellor Tom Apple.