Indiana has handed head coach Mike Woodson a hefty $1 million raise and made him the third highest-salary earner in the Big Ten, with his total earnings now at a whopping $4.2 million.
Woodson has been in charge of the Indiana Hoosiers since 2021, and last season led the team to a tied second place in the regular season before the team was eliminated by Miami in the Round of 32.
Indiana’s Athletic Director Scott Dolson said of the move to offer Woodson a healthy remuneration;
“Coach Woodson immediately re-inserted our program into the national conversation both in terms of an elevated level of success on the court and in recruiting,”
“I knew that returning our program to the level that Hoosier fans rightfully expect would be a process that wouldn’t happen overnight. I have been extremely pleased with the steps we have taken during the last two years.”
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Dolson is confident that Woodson’s experience and know-how could give Indiana an edge going forward;
“I believe under Coach Woodson’s leadership, we have positioned the program to compete at the highest levels in recruiting, which in turn will enable us to compete at the highest levels within the Big Ten and in the NCAA Tournament,”
Woodson enjoyed 11 years as a player in the NBA, graduating from Indiana and being selected 12th overall in the 1980 NBA Draft. He played with the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Kansas City/Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As an assistant coach at the Detroit Pistons, he aided the team to an NBA title, and he spent 25 years in various coaching roles in the NBA, the most lengthy being a six-year stint as head coach at the Atlanta Hawks.
He started his coaching career as an assistant at the Milwaukee Bucks for three years before spending two years in the same role at the Cleveland Cavaliers. This was followed by a two-year stint at the Philadelphia 76ers and one season at the Pistons.
His first head coach role then followed at the Atlanta Hawks, which he held until 2010, and he was then an assistant coach at the New York Knicks before he took the top job a year later, a position he held for two years before assistant roles at the Clippers and the Knicks.
His overall NBA coaching record was 315-365 and included five post-season finishes, with three lost Conference SemiFinals, two with the Hawks, and one with the New York Knicks.
The 65-year-old will hope to repay the faith shown to him at Indiana, and he has a handy 44-26 record in charge of the Hoosiers and will look to build on the progression that the team has made over the past two seasons.
Last season the Hoosiers finished with a 23-12 regular season record, an improvement on the previous campaign, where they completed the season with a 21-14 record.