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UNI athletic staff taking voluntary pay cuts

UNI athletic staff taking voluntary pay cuts


University of Northern Iowa athletic director David Harris, left, greets people before a Feb. 24, 2016 men's basketball game at the McLeod Center last season.

CEDAR FALLS — University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics David Harris announced Thursday that he as well as head coaches, senior staff members and other select staff have committed to take voluntary pay cuts through the remainder of the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

The pay cut will help the athletics department reduce a deficit created by a decrease in expected NCAA distributions this spring after the cancellation of the NCAA winter championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other unexpected losses include rental revenue from events hosted in the UNI-Dome and McLeod Center.

Harris and the head coaches of UNI’s five ticketed sports, football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and wrestling will take a 10 percent salary reduction for May and June. Senior staff members, other head coaches and select staff members have also taken salary reductions for May and June.

Based on 2019 numbers, the salaries of Harris and the five ticket sports were: Harris ($220,000), Mark Farley ($430,000), Ben Jacobson ($725,000), Tanya Warren ($144,500), Doug Schwab ($124,000) and Bobbi Petersen ($151,000).

“I am proud to do my part and proud of our head coaches and staff members that have stepped up to help our department address these unprecedented circumstances,” Harris said. “Our priority is the welfare and success of our student-athletes and these temporary and voluntary cuts help us align our fiscal reality with our departmental goals.”

The pay cuts are just part of the cost-saving measures that are being used by the department to reduce losses including a hiring and spending freeze and cutting energy usage in athletic facilities with most employees working from home.

UNI is one of over two dozen schools that have announced some sort of pay cut to athletics employees.

The fiscal year ends June 30. The department will continue to act aggressively to remain in solid financial standing with more NCAA distribution shortcomings on the horizon and the length and total impact of the pandemic still unknown.

“There are a lot of questions yet to be answered,” Harris said. “We don’t know the entire path ahead of us, but we will continue to put our student-athletes first. We will do everything that we can to assure their success in every facet.”


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I’m a Waterloo native who has covered Cedar Valley sports for more than 30 years for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. I’m also a big Cincinnati Reds fan … Go Big Red Machine!

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