UND AD Bill Chaves says 'stay tuned' on possible new deal for Brad Berry
One of the first tasks that's expected to fall on the desk of new UND athletic director Bill Chaves is to negotiate a new contract for head men's hockey coach Brad Berry.
Berry is about to enter the final year of his initial four-year deal that he signed in the summer of 2015, when he took over for Dave Hakstol, who left to coach the Philadelphia Flyers.
Because athletic directors generally don't like coaches going into the final year of their contracts without a new one for recruiting purposes (though UND did just that with men's basketball coach Brian Jones last year), it is expected that he will talk with Berry about a new deal sometime this summer.
Chaves told the Herald to "stay tuned" about a potential new contract.
"We're trying to figure that out with all of our coaches at some point," said Chaves, who started on the job last month. "When you're close to a year out, you're thinking what makes sense at that stage, so I would say, stay tuned."
Berry is set to make a base salary of $305,963.56 this season. Bonuses such as winning the National Collegiate Hockey Conference or the NCAA national title could put that number over $400,000.
Berry's contract also stipulates a salary pool for his assistant coaches, something Hakstol helped arrange before he left to try to retain quality assistant coaches. Berry, associate head coach Dane Jackson and assistant coach Matt Shaw have all been offered NHL assistant coaching jobs in the last three years.
The expected salary range for Berry is unknown.
New Minnesota coach Bob Motzko just signed a five-year contract worth an average of $592,000 annually, but it is highly unlikely UND will match that.
Northern Michigan also signed Grand Forks native Grant Potulny to a new deal this summer, bumping his pay from $196,100 annually to $285,000.
New St. Cloud State coach Brett Larson signed a five-year contract, but the value hasn't yet been reported.