Ok-State Wildcats soccer: Chris Klieman contract extension

Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman, center, thanks the fans after defeating Baylor in an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov.  12, 2022, in Waco, Texas.  (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman, middle, thanks the followers after defeating Baylor in an NCAA faculty soccer sport, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)


Kansas State soccer coach Chris Klieman is one victory away from a contract extension.

If the Wildcats win both of their two remaining video games — at West Virginia or towards Kansas — an additional yr shall be added to the tip of Klieman’s present deal, based on a novel bonus clause that exists in his contract.

Klieman is beneath contract with Ok-State till December 31, 2026. But each time he leads the Wildcats to eight or extra regular-season victories and the season culminates in a bowl sport his contract is routinely prolonged by one yr at a wage of $4.3 million

That means a profitable payday might quickly be in retailer for Klieman, who will lead Ok-State (7-3, 5-2 Big 12) towards the Mountaineers at 1 pm on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. It shall be thought of a disappointment if the Wildcats do not end this month with 9 wins and earn a berth of their first convention championship sport since 2003.

Right now, Klieman is making a wage of $3.5 million. That quantity will enhance to $4 million subsequent season after which max out at $4.3 million for every remaining yr of his deal.

If Ok-State finishes 8-4 or higher, he’ll proceed making that wage till a minimum of the tip of 2027, with the potential of extra bonus years on the horizon. Per Klieman’s contract, he earns an computerized one-year extension the subsequent 3 times he leads the Wildcats to eight or extra wins within the common season.

Klieman barely missed out on that bonus final season when Ok-State went 7-5 after which beat LSU within the Texas Bowl.

It additionally states in Klieman’s contract that he’ll earn a $250,000 retention bonus if he stays the top soccer coach at Ok-State on March 1 of 2023. But he’ll earn different bonuses earlier than then.

He can set off the next bonuses this season, with Ok-State paying for under the highest achievement in every class:

Big 12 end

  • $50,000 for third place (sole or tied)
  • $75,000 for second place (sole or tied)
  • $100,000 for a league championship

Bowl sport

  • $50,000 for six wins and any bowl invite
  • $100,000 for a New Year’s Six bowl invite (Cotton, Fiesta, Orange, Peach, Rose, Sugar)
  • $175,000 for a playoff berth
  • $250,000 for enjoying within the nationwide championship sport
  • $350,000 for a nationwide title

Final rankings

  • $25,000 for a prime 25 end within the last AP or playoff rankings
  • $50,000 for a prime 10 end

Klieman’s contract additionally states that he’ll sit down with athletic director Gene Taylor and negotiate a brand new deal following the 2024 season. His present buyout is $4 million.

The Wildcats employed Klieman to exchange Bill Snyder in 2018 and prolonged his contract in 2020. Earlier this season, Klieman mentioned he was not keen on different jobs, resembling Nebraska, partially due to his robust relationship with Taylor, who beforehand employed him as head coach at North Dakota State.

Taylor is assured that Klieman will stay at Ok-State for a very long time. His job safety will increase each time he wins eight video games.

“We have gotten some computerized numbers that enhance yearly in his deal,” Taylor mentioned in a latest interview. “Right now, I feel he is comfy with the place he’s. He is not the very best paid coach within the Big 12, however he’s removed from the bottom. We simply want to ensure we’re aggressive and he feels good about every thing that is occurring with our program.”

This story was initially printed November 16, 2022 3:10 PM.

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Kellis Robinett covers Kansas State athletics for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star. A winner of greater than a dozen nationwide writing awards, he lives in Manhattan along with his spouse and 4 youngsters.

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