UMKC Coach Billy Donlon Signs Six-Year Contract: Salary, Incentives, Buyout

Former Wright State Coach Billy Donlon will get another opportunity to be a Division I head coach. Donlon, who spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Northwestern after spending a year on Michigan’s staff, signed a six-year contract with UMKC that runs through March 31, 2025.

Donlon will earn a base salary of $350,000.04 annually with the opportunity to earn performance-based incentives. They’re outlined below.

  • $2,500 – For every win against a team ranked in the AP Top 25 or Coaches Poll at the time of the game.
  • $5,000 – If UMKC wins at least 20 games in a season.
  • $10,000 – If UMKC participates in the NCAA Tournament.
  • $5,000 – For each win in the NCAA Tournament.
  • $5,000 – If UMKC participates in the NIT.
  • $2,000 – If UMKC participates in a nationally recognized postseason tournament other than the NCAA Tournament or NIT.
  • $5,000 – If Donlon is named Coach of the Year in the conference.
  • $10,000 – If Donlon is named National Coach of the Year.
  • $2,500 – If UMKC’s single-year APR score is above 985 and the multi-year score is above 985.


If UMKC terminates Donlon’s contract before its expiration, the university owes him 80 percent of the annual base salary for the duration of the contract.

If Donlon were to leave UMKC before the contract expires, he owes UMKC 80 percent of the annual base salary for the duration of the contract, paid in equal monthly installments until the contract term is over.

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