Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso earns big raise after back-to-back titles

Patty Gasso has won six national championships with the Sooners, including the last two. (Sarah Phipps/USA TODAY NETWORK)

Patty Gasso continues to win both on the field and off. The Oklahoma softball coach signed a record contract extension after winning her sixth title with the Sooners.

Gasso’s extension keeps her with Oklahoma through 2028 and raises her salary to $1.625 million annually, the university announced Thursday at its Board of Regents meeting.

With the contract, she remains the highest-paid college coach in softball and now is tied for the second-highest paid coach across softball or baseball with Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco.

Just Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin makes more, with an annual salary of more than $2 million.

The salary represents a significant increase from her previous contract extension, signed in 2017, which was worth more than $1 million.

Gasso’s base salary, which will be paid by the university, is $300,000 – an increase from $280,000. An additional $825,000 will come from private funds. That number will increase every year by $50,000 and already represents an increase of $130,000 from her previous contract.

Additionally, Gasso will receive a stay bonus of $200,000 as well as a retirement fund of $300,000 that will increase in July 2023 to $400,000. If the Sooners win the national championship – as they have in each of the past two seasons – Gasso will receive an additional $150,000.

“She’s the queen,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione told Tulsa World. “Not just for softball. She is one of the remarkable coaches of our time.

“Her record is extraordinary and the level of success is virtually unprecedented. It’s the continued positioning to keep our softball program at the very top and led by one of the great coaches of our time, not just in the sport.”

The extension for Gasso is a mark of increasing investment in women’s softball.

Texas’ Mike White received a raise this year following the team’s Women’s College World Series run to the tune of $625,000 annually, while Lonni Alameda of Florida State recently signed an extension worth $550,000 annually, and her pay will increase by $25,000 each year through 2029.