Alabama bill would cap salaries for high school coaches

February 17, 2017 / Athletic AdministrationCoaching
An Alabama lawmaker has proposed a bill that would cap high school coaching salaries, which have soared over the six-figure mark in recent years.

Rep. Craig Ford’s bill seeks to limit a coach’s salary at no more than 75 percent of the principal’s compensation, but exceptions would be made if the coach also teaches. According to, multiple coaches are making at least $100,000 and some are making more than $120,000.

In 2015, neighboring Georgia had as many as 17 head coaches making more than $100,000 per year. Salaries are rising most rapidly in football, and the spending has led to increased scrutiny, especially in public school districts.

From WIAT:

“Putting the cart before the horse and we want to make sure we put money into public education and athletics is important, but it is also secondary to the curriculum and teaching children,” said Rep. Craig Ford.

“He’s mentoring these kids, he’s spending all this time and effort into them,” said Fredrick Foster. “He should definitely be making more than the bare minimum. I mean, you take a step up from that to college and they are making bookoo money.”

The bill is only at the committee level, so it must clear several hurdles before becoming law.

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