March Madness: Archie Miller’s bonus pay grows the further UD Flyers go

Dayton’s Archie Miller shouts to his players during a game against Duquesne on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

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Dayton’s Archie Miller shouts to his players during a game against Duquesne on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

The better the University of Dayton’s men’s basketball team does in the NCAA tournament, the more coach Archie Miller gets paid.

Like most other teams, Miller’s success in the tournament can impact the bonus he gets. UD offers contract coaches bonuses or “incentive pay” based on how well their players do academically, graduation rates of team members and how much postseason success they have, such as in the annual NCAA tournament, the university has said.

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Miller’s bonus pay reflects that as he began with a base salary of $286,016 in 2011 and a bonus that year of $25,000, according to a form 990 tax document the university is required to file. That year, the Flyers didn’t make the NCAA tournament but competed in the NIT tournament.

By 2014, Miller’s base pay had shrunk to $233,683 but his bonus pay had grown to $894,867, according to a 2015 form 990, the most recent tax document available.

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That year, the Flyers made it to the Elite Eight round of the tournament and Miller’s bonus pay had grown by more than 35 times what it was in 2011, his first year as UD’s head men’s coach. His bonus had also more than doubled from the 2013 amount of $415,000, when the Flyers did not make an appearance in the NIT or NCAA tournament, according to the university.

Miller was also the highest paid coach in the Atlantic 10 conference in 2014, bringing in $1,160,390 in total compensation, according to tax documents.

The university declined to comment on Miller’s pay.

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