Former UCLA women's basketball Coach Nikki Caldwell set to triple salary at Louisiana State
Nikki Caldwell will make three times her UCLA salary when she takes over as women's basketball coach at Louisiana State, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on salary matters.
Caldwell will receive more than $900,000 a year to coach the Tigers' women's basketball team, a significant boost over her salary of roughly $300,000 a year with the Bruins.
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero made what he termed a "very attractive multiyear offer to keep her in Westwood," but Caldwell opted to return to the Southeastern Conference, where she won national titles as a player and an assistant coach at Tennessee.
Caldwell did not receive a raise during her three years with the Bruins, when she guided them to a 72 victories and two NCAA tournament appearances. But a booster offered to cover the cost of a European summer trip for the team, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the offer.
-- Ben Bolch
Photo: Nikki Caldwell relays instructions to her players during a Pac-10 tournament game against Stanford last month. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press