Six-year deal for golf coach Small on UI trustees’ agenda | University-illinois

by Joanne Miller

Illinois Men’s Golf Coach Mike Small Set for Contract Extension Through 2029

At Thursday’s trustees meeting, the University of Illinois is set to vote on a contract extension for men’s golf coach Mike Small. If approved, the extension will keep Small on campus until 2029, solidifying his position as one of the most successful coaches in Illinois’ history.

Small, who has already been named Big Ten men’s golf coach of the year a record 13 times, is set to earn $400,000 in the first year of the contract. This will increase by $10,000 in each of the five subsequent years. In the sixth year, Small’s salary will reach $450,000. The contract will take effect the day after approval.

Under Small’s leadership, the Illinois men’s golf team has experienced tremendous success. The team recently completed one of the best seasons in program history, winning their eighth consecutive Big Ten championship and securing seven tournament victories – the most in the NCAA. Additionally, two of Small’s players, seniors Adrien Dumont de Chassart and Tommy Kuhl, were named first-team All-Americans for the first time in school history.

The contract extension for Small is just one of three athletic contracts that are expected to be approved at the trustees meeting. Helen Lehman-Winters, the new head coach for cross country, is set to receive a three-year contract with annual salaries of $125,000, $130,000, and $135,000 respectively. Additionally, former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard will be offered a one-year deal worth $112,500. Leonhard is currently serving as a senior football analyst on Bret Bielema’s coaching staff.

Small’s contract extension is a testament to his exceptional coaching abilities and the success he has brought to the Illinois men’s golf program. If approved, it will provide stability and continuity for the team, ensuring that Small can continue to guide the Illini towards further achievement in the coming years.

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