Terps AD, top coaches volunteer a 10% pay cut


Several high figures within the Maryland Athletic Department have volunteered to take a 10% pay cut to help offset the current financial crisis the department is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Those who have taken the measures include athletic director Damon Evans, head football coach Mike Locksley, men's head basketball coach Mark Turgeon and women's head basketball coach Brenda Frese. Additionally, the six highest-earning assistant coaches (all among the football and men's basketball programs) also agreed to an unspecified pay cut. 

Below is a list of the 13 coaches who are sacrificing pay. These cuts are in addition to the university's imposed base salary reduction as stated in the release.

  • Sasho Cirovski (men's soccer)

  • Brenda Frese (women's basketball)

  • Michael Locksley (football)

  • Missy Meharg (field hockey)

  • Cathy Reese (women's lacrosse)

  • John Tillman (men's lacrosse)

  • Mark Turgeon (men's basketball)

  • Matt Brady (assistant, men's basketball)

  • Deandre Haynes (assistant, men's basketball)

  • Orlando Ranson (assistant, men's basketball)

  • George Helow (assistant, football) 

  • Jon Hoke (assistant, football) 

  • Scottie Montgomery (assistant, football) 

"This is an incredible demonstration of generosity and commitment to the mission of our athletic department," Evans said in a release. "I appreciate these coaches' continued understanding during these unprecedented times. The pandemic has dealt us a financial crisis that requires difficult decisions. We continue to stay resilient and we will get through this together. Focus on the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes remains our top priority as we are committed to maintaining their student experience to the best of our abilities."


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused several athletic departments across the country to make significant changes to their operations.  

The University of Stanford made the biggest cut by eliminating 11 programs following this year. The University of Memphis laid off its entire Sports Information Director staff. There are several collegiate staffers and contract employees that were furloughed or laid off entirely from their position. Locally, the George Washington University will discontinue seven sports.

Some financial relief could soon be on the horizon for the Terps as football is set to return at the end of October.