IOWA CITY — University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced Friday that Iowa athletics director Gary Barta pay will be frozen for the next year, but it’s “not a reflection on his performance or our support of his leadership.”
Barta will continue at a rate of $550,000 for the next year. His pay will increase to $600,000 annually starting July 1, 2019.
“Director Barta recently came to me and asked to forgo his scheduled pay increase for 2018 in order to support his department in the face of increased competition for resources,” Harreld said in a release. “Gary is voluntarily amending his contract to reflect this change, which is not a reflection of his performance or our support for his leadership.
“Athletic Departments across the Big Ten are facing new challenges and headwinds and I’m proud to have an athletic director so committed to the success of our student-athletes and his team.”
Barta also announced Friday he and baseball coach Rick Heller have agreed to a contract amendment that will run through 2024.
“Rick has done a tremendous job from day one, winning, graduating and building this program the right way,” Barta said in a release. “Rick has turned this program into one that contends annually in the Big Ten Conference and nationally. This amendment puts us in a position to keep Rick in Iowa City for the foreseeable future.”
In his five seasons in Iowa City, Heller has guided the Hawkeyes to 173 victories, averaging 34.6 wins per season. Heller guided Iowa to the NCAA regionals in 2015 — for the first time since 1990 — and two seasons later the Hawkeyes won their first Big Ten Tournament title in program history.
Iowa has played in NCAA regionals twice in Heller’s five seasons.