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Gail Goestenkors Is Doing Okay As A Kentucky Assistant

It’s not the money she made as a head coach...but it ain’t bad.

North Carolina Tar Heels v Duke Blue Devils
 DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 25: Coach Gail Goestenkors of the Duke Blue Devils calls instructions against the North Carolina Tar Heels on February 25, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.
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Former Duke coach Gail Goestenkors, who left Durham for a much better deal at Texas, was recently hired as an assistant at Kentucky and now her salary has been revealed: she’s making $250,000 this year, and next year she’ll get $275,000, which is more than the other, longer-tenured assistants on staff there.

However, at Duke she certainly proved her worth, with Final Four trips, elite-level recruiting and finding lesser-recognized talents like Alana Beard, who was a sensation.

However, her salary has certainly gone up and down.

Her Duke salary was never disclosed, but the general feeling was that she got a major raise when she went to Austin, where public records showed she made over a million a year.

The money at Kentucky is obviously a step down from that and probably Duke as well, but it’s still good money and she’s a prime candidate for any major job that opens. Anyone who didn’t realize what a great job she did at Duke is missing a potentially tremendous head coach.