University of Tennessee Athletics director Danny White announced contract extensions for nine head coaches Tuesday. Among those extended were Baseball Coach Tony Vitello, Basketball Coaches Rick Barnes and Kellie Harper and Softball Coach Karren Weekly.
Vitello will become one of the highest paid college baseball coaches in the nation with his new deal playing him $1.5 Million annually through 2026. He’ll also earn receive 75 percent of bat/equipment manufacturer endorsements in excess of $100,000.
Barnes has been extended for two seasons through the 2025-26 season. His salary remains the same under the new contract. He’ll earn $5.2 million in 2021-22, with an annual $250,000 raise the next two seasons. He’ll receive a $100,000 raise each of the final three years of the deal, building up to $5.9 million for the 2025-26 season.
Harper has also been extended for two season and received a $50,000 raise, bringing her annual salary to $800,000.
Softball Coach Karen Weekly, who now leads the Lady Vols solo following the retirement of her husband Ralph earlier this summer, had her contract extended through the 2025 season.
Rowing Coach Lisa Glenn’s contract now runs through June of 2024.
Swimming and Diving Coach Matt Kredich’s contract was extended through the 2025-2026 season.
Women’s Tennis Coach Alison Ojeda had extended her contract for an undisclosed amount of time.
Men’s Golf Coach Brennan Webb signed an extension through June of 2026 and Men’s Tennis Coach Chris Woodruff’s contract extension runs through June of 2026.