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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 2, 2006

Contract incentives enrich UH coaches

By Ferd Lewis
Advertiser Staff Writer

University of Hawai'i head football coach June Jones earned $30,000 in bonuses over the past fiscal year and Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji received $19,500 combined over the past two years from contract incentive clauses, the school said.

They were the only two UH coaches to receive contractual bonuses in the periods, UH said. The 2005 UH fiscal year closed June 30, 2005.

Athletic director Herman Frazier, who has been eligible for more than $25,000 in bonuses over the past two years, has not elected to take them, UH said.

Jones, whose contract guarantees $800,016 per season from combined athletic department funds and outside donations received $20,000 for UH's appearance in the 2004 Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl and an additional $10,000 for beating Alabama-Birmingham.

Information on his bonuses for 2003 was not immediately available, UH said.

Shoji, whose contract guaranteed $120,000 in 2004, received $2,500 for winning the Western Athletic Conference in 2003 and $3,000 for advancing to an NCAA regional. In 2004, Shoji received bonuses for winning the WAC ($2,500), advancing to an NCAA regional ($3,000), being named WAC Coach of the Year ($2,500) and advancing to the NCAA Final Four ($6,000).

Frazier, whose initial contract allowed him $7,500 if the football team won a bowl game and produced "positive proceeds," elected to waive all bonuses while his department has operated in the red, a spokesperson has said. Frazier declined comment yesterday after what an aide said was a dental appointment but said after waiving the previous year's bonus, "that's the kind of person I am."

Frazier, whose salary was $210,000 for most of 2004 and 2005, has a contract that caps the amount of bonuses he may receive in any one year at the "equivalent of three months of his base salary." Under his new contract, signed in August, that ceiling would be $62,500.

Reach Ferd Lewis at flewis@honoluluadvertiser.com.