UK gives assistants pay increases, extended contracts.


Assistant coaches Kenny Payne and John Robic signed new extended contracts that include pay increases, the University of Kentucky announced Wednesday.



Payne signed a new two-year deal worth $500,000 annually plus incentives and was promoted to associate head coach. Payne, who just completed his fourth season on the UK staff, had been making $350,000

Robic, who came to UK with John Calipari in 2009, also signed a new two-year deal. His annual salary will rise from $300,000 to $375,000.



“There’s not a better partner to work with to help these young men achieve their dreams,” Calipari said of Payne in a statement released by UK. “His feel for the game and ability to develop players is second to none. I have all the confidence in the world that Kenny will make a great head coach someday, but we’re ecstatic to have him as a part of our staff as associate head coach for the near future.”


Of Robic, Calipari said, “No one knows me better and knows what I need to be prepared to coach a game than John. He’s been a loyal friend who has helped me build three different programs. He’s as good as they get.”



In Calipari’s five seasons as coach, Kentucky has a 152-37 won-loss record, won the 2012 NCAA Tournament championship and advanced to three Final Fours.

In that time, 17 players have been drafted by the NBA. Julius Randle and James Young are expected to join that list at this year’s NBA Draft.

Also every UK senior has graduated.



In addition to Payne’s and Robic’s extensions, UK announced the hiring of new assistant Barry Rohrssen (pronounced Roar-son) last week to complete the staff. Rohrssen agreed to a two-year deal that will pay him $375,000 annually.