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Pay for coaches is not as high as some think



Since Mike Holcomb was recently named the new head football coach at Letcher County Central High School, some have speculated that he scored a six-figure salary. That is not so.

Through open records requests The Mountain Eagle has learned that Holcomb will make a total of $76,533 for the 2013-14 school year. His base pay, which is his homebound teaching salary, is set at $51,485 for 185 days based on his rank. He will receive $9,741 for 35 extended days. Holcomb’s coaching salary, which is $15,307, is 25 percent of his base pay and extended pay.

Holcomb, who coached Breathitt County High School for the past 30 years, was announced as the new football coach on March 20. He will make $13,915 for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. He will make $8,627 as a homebound teacher for 31 days. Holcomb will receive $2,505 for nine days in extended pay. His coaching salary totals $2,783.

Although Holcomb is listed as a homebound teacher, he has not had any students assigned to him yet.

Holcomb’s résumé at Breathitt County includes three state championships, nine undefeated regular seasons, 17 district championships and an overall record of 272 wins and 94 losses.

The coaching position became open after Paul Rains resigned January 28 after coaching the Cougars one year. Holcomb becomes the fourth head coach to lead the LCC football program in five years.

Rains was also listed as a full-time homebound teacher. Rains had 11 different students assigned to him during the 2012-13 year. During the first semester while he was employed as football coach, he was assigned one to three students. During the second semester he had been assigned eight students at various times.

Rains made $ 74,793 during the 2012-13 school year before he left to take a coaching position at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington. His base pay for his teaching salary was $51,485 for 185 days. Rains made $8,349 for 30 extended days. His coaching salary, which is 25 percent of base pay and extended days, was $14,959.

The Cougars were 2-9 this past season. Rains replaced Mike Whitaker, who had resigned after coaching two seasons at LCCHS. Under Whitaker, the Cougars were 7-14.

Whitaker made a total of $66,064 during the 2011- 12 school year. His base salary was set at $50,141. He received $2,710 for 10 extended days. His coaching salary totaled $13,213.

Whitaker was listed as a full-time homebound teacher and had five students during the 2011-12 school year. Rhonda Cromer was listed as a part-time homebound teacher and had ten students during the school year. Rick Taylor, a full-time homebound teacher who has since retired, had 15 students during the school year.

The homebound program is for students who cannot physically attend classes. Assigned teachers go to student residences and teach them there. The amount of time that students are placed on homebound varies depending on their circumstances. Some students may be on homebound for an extended amount of time and others may not.

According to regulations, a homebound teacher cannot have a caseload of more than 12 students that are receiving services inside their home. The school district also pays other teachers who are already employed with the district to help teach students placed on homebound.

The LCCHS head basketball coach is another position some believe to carry a salary of at least $100,000 a year.

Robert Hammonds, the LCCHS boys’ basketball head coach, made $88,573 this school year. Hammonds, one of three assistant principals at LCCHS, makes $54,512 as a base salary. He received $11,786 for 40 extended days. His coaching salary is $16,575. He received $5,700 as a supplement to his salary for being an assistant principal.



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