NORMAN — Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione received a $30,000 bonus for the Sooners women’s gymnastics team’s recent success.
Castiglione’s bonus was reported Friday by Bloomberg Businessweek, though the terms of the contract agreed to four years ago have long been known.
Castiglione’s contract calls for a $10,000 bonus for the team’s Big 12 title and another $20,000 for the NCAA championship. The Sooners won their first national title last week, tying Florida for the title.
Castiglione did not return a phone call seeking comment.
While the women’s gymnastics program lost more than $1.5 million last year, OU’s athletic department is one of just seven in the country that is profitable without relying on either subsidies or student fees. Over the past 11 years, Oklahoma’s athletics department has contributed approximately $40 million back to the school.
Bonuses for athletic directors have come into the spotlight after Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith received a bonus of more than $18,000 after Buckeyes wrestler Logan Stieber won an individual national championship at the NCAA wrestling tournament in Oklahoma City last month.
It was Stieber’s third national title, but the first since Smith’s contract called for the bonus.
Ohio State is also one of the seven profitable departments, though the Buckeyes’ wrestling program lost more than $800,000 last year.
The Sooners’ national championship was the school’s ninth since 2000. Castiglione’s base salary is $905,000 this year.
Businesweek reviewed the contracts of the athletic directors at the top-five ranked women’s gymnastics programs, and Castiglione was the only one to receive such a bonus.
Castiglione also received a bonus for the Sooners’ win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl ($40,000), the men’s basketball team’s berth in the NCAA Tournament ($25,000), the women’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament appearance ($25,000) and the men’s gymastics team’s conference title ($10,000). Of those programs, only the football and men’s basketball programs are independently profitable.
Sooners women’s gymnastics coach K.J. Kindler and assistants Lou Ball and Tom Haley each received a bonus of 40 percent of their base salaries for winning the Big 12 and national titles, according to Businessweek. Kindler’s bonuses totaled $70,000.