According to Indy Star, Looze’s new contract will include a base salary of $330,000 for the 2021-2022 season.
That puts Looze among the highest-paid coaches in the country. While not all coaches’ salaries are public record, recently-retired Jack Bauerle was previously the highest-known salary in collegiate swim coaching at $380,000.
Looze’s raise is his second in the last few seasons, and amounts to a $130,000 increase over his 2019 fiscal year base salary, where he earned $200,000.
That is in addition to money from camps and the affiliated swim club.
The last time Looze received a contract extension and a raise came in 2019, when he was connected to the open Stanford position, which ultimately went to Dan Schemmel. A year later, Looze said that he wasn’t pursuing the head coaching position at his alma mater USC, but when that position became open again this offseason, he was again rumored to be the administration’s first choice. USC ultimately gave Lea Maurer the job on a more-permanent basis, after serving as the interim head coach last season.
Looze wasn’t the only aquatics coach at Indiana to get an upgraded deal: he will make $122,626 next season. Indy Star says that this is believed to be the highest salary for a diving coach at any public university in the country.
Looze has been the head coach of the men’s team at Indiana for 20 years and the head coach of both programs for 17 years.
In the 2021-22 season, Looze led the Hoosiers to a men’s Big Ten Championship, the fifth title for the men and 10th between the two programs during Looze’s tenure. The result gave the IU men their fourth conference title in six seasons. As a result, Looze was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the eleventh time and the sixth time as the men’s coach.
That run included junior Brendan Burns being named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Big Ten Swmimer of the Championships after winning the NCAA title in the 200 fly.
The Indiana women finished 11th at the NCAA Championships, giving the program a 14th-straight top 15 finish at that meet. The women finished third at the Big Ten Championships, their 16th straight top-three finish at the event. Anna Peplowski led all freshmen in points scored and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year after earning silver in three events.
Johansen’s divers have been a big part of the Hoosiers’ success. Indiana had three women combined for 22 points on 1-meter, two divers combine for 33 points on 3-meter, and two divers earn 29 points on platform. That includes sophomore Tarrin Gilliland, who won the platform title at the NCAA Championships. Only Texas’ 90 points outscored the Hoosier women on the boards at the NCAA Championships.
The Indiana men had similar success, scoring 30 points on 1-meter, 17 points on 3-meter, and 17 points on platform. That included runner-up performances in both springboard events from Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver-medalist Andrew Capobianco.
Indiana Swim Coach Ray Looze Receives A Raise to $330,000 Per Year