It’s been one-day-less-than-a-year since Wisconsin extended head coach Kelly Sheffield’s contract through 2022, and on Friday, they announced that the contract has been extended again – this time, through January 31, 2023. That means that Sheffield continues to have 5 years remaining on his contract.
In effect, each season, Wisconsin makes recommendations to the UW Atheltic Board on whether to renew a coach’s contract (which keeps it at the same length – in Sheffield’s case 5 years) or to maintain the contract (for example, if Sheffield’s contract had maintained, it would have had 4 years remaining and expired in 2022).
Sheffield was one of 4 head coaches to have their contract renewals approved by the board on Friday: head football coach Paul Chryst had his 5-year deal extended through January 31, 2023, women’s soccer coach Paula Wilkins had her contract renewed through January 31, 2021, and men’s soccer coach John Trask had his 3-year contract renewed through January 31, 2021.
In 2016 (the most recent year available in the public state database), Sheffield made $298,679.28 in his total compensation package ($276k was his base salary). Trask made $275,012.87 in 2016, Wilkins made $160,500.93, and Chryst, the school’s highest-paid coach, made $2,570,00.29.
The Wisconsin volleyball team finished 22-10 in 2017 and 11-9 in the Big Ten – good for 7th place. They qualified for the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to the defending national champions Stanford 3-1. The team continued to improve throughout the year, winning 10 of their last 12 games behind VolleyMob’s National Freshman of the Year Dana Rettke.