College baseball's top 9 highest-paid head coaches in 2024, ranked ft. Jay Johnson

Joe Cox
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LSU Coach Jay Johnson is one of the highest paid coaches in college baseball.

College baseball continues to gain a bigger following and greater popularity. As the sport picks up steam, the head coaches continue to earn more money. Unfortunately, there's not quite as much transparency around college baseball salaries as basketball or football. But as far as reported, and as recently as possible, the salaries listed are the best information available.

College baseball's top 9 highest-paid head coaches in 2024

Auburn coach Butch Thompson is on this list of highest-paid college baseball coaches but has had a disappointing 2024 season.
Auburn coach Butch Thompson is on this list of highest-paid college baseball coaches but has had a disappointing 2024 season.

9. Paul Mainieri, South Carolina: $1.3 million

The former LSU coach is coming out of retirement to be the next coach at South Carolina. Mainieri won the College World Series in 2009 during his third season at LSU. He led the Tigers from 2007 until his retirement in 2021. Now, he's returned with high expectations, signing a five-year contract on Tuesday.

8. Chris Lemonis, Mississippi State, $1.3 million

Lemonis is in his sixth season at Mississippi State. He led the Bulldogs to the College World Series twice, including winning the Series in 2021. After missing postseason play in 2022 and 2023, Lemonis and the Bulldogs are likely in the NCAA Tournament field this season.

7. Dave Van Horn, Arkansas, $1.4 million

Van Horn has been at Arkansas since 2003. He has led Arkansas to seven College World Series appearances. The Hogs nearly won it all in 2018, but are still seeking an elusive championship. Other than the canceled 2020 postseason, Van Horn has missed post-season play at Arkansas just once.

6. Jim Schlossnagle, Texas A&M, $1.46 million

A long-time TCU coach, Schlossnagle moved to A&M three seasons ago. The Aggies made the College World Series in 2022 and are situation for a run at the event in 2024. Five Schlossnagle TCU teams made the Series.

5. Tony Vitello, Tennessee, $1.5 million

A former Arkansas assistant, Vitello's first head coaching job has been at Tennessee. In seven seasons, he has taken the Vols to a pair of College World Series appearances. Tennessee is also one of the top college baseball teams in the nation this season.

4. Mike Bianco, Ole Miss, $1.625 million

Bianco has been at Ole Miss since 2001. He led the Rebels to a pair of College World Series appearances. Most notably, in 2022, Ole Miss had a 14-16 record in SEC play and received the last spot in the NCAA Tournament field. They went on to win the College World Series. Bianco has twice been Collegiate Baseball Coach of the Year.

3. Jay Johnson, LSU, $1.65 million

Johnson came to LSU from Arizona three seasons ago. In the 2023 season, he led the Tigers to the College World Series title. LSU looks to be on the NCAA Tournament selection bubble this season. Johnson also coached Arizona to the College World Series twice.

2. Kevin O'Sullivan, Florida, $1.755 million

O'Sullivan has been at Florida since 2008. He was previously an assistant coach at Clemson. O'Sullivan has taken the Gators to eight College World Series appearances. In 2017, UF and O'Sullivan won the national title. He's won three SEC Coach of the Year awards and several national coaching awards.

1. Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt, $1,942,165

While Vanderbilt is a private school, Corbin's salary has entered the public record. Corbin came to Vanderbilt from an assistant coaching position at Clemson. He's been at Vandy since 2003. He has led the Commodores to the College World Series five times, including championships in 2014 and 2019. A three-time SEC Coach of the Year, Corbin has won several national awards.

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Edited by Abigail Kevichusa
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