More fans mean more cash for Mizzou women's basketball coach

Monday, April 26, 2010 | 6:50 p.m. CDT; updated 8:58 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 27, 2010
New MU women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton speaks at a press conference April 8 at Mizzou Arena. Pingeton spent the last seven years coaching at Illinois State.

COLUMBIA — Missouri has given its new women's basketball coach thousands of reasons to pull in the fans and improve her team's academic performance.

Robin Pingeton signed a five-year contract earlier this month with a base salary of $300,000. The school recently released contract details with a long list of incentives.

Missouri averaged just 1,609 fans at Mizzou Arena in 2009-10, by far the lowest in the Big 12 Conference. Pingeton will receive an extra $5,000 a year if attendance doubles in each of her first two years.

She can also earn up to $75,000 annually starting in her third year for raising the team's graduation rate and grade-point averages. That's three times the amount of a similar incentive in former coach Cindy Stein's contract.

Pingeton will collect $250,000 in deferred compensation if she remains with Missouri for the entire five years.

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