NCAA Hockey Financials
As I mentioned in my previous post the public schoolsí that sponsor womenís hockey fall into three groups: B1G schools (Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin), other DI schools (Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Vermont), and DII schools that play up in hockey (Bemidji, Minnesota State, Minnesota-Duluth, St. Cloud and Wayne State (2010-11)).
In looking at the overall averages (7 years for all but Penn State (4 years) and Wayne State (2 years)), 3 of the B1G schools had the highest three average expenses (Wisconsin, Minnesota and Penn State), with Ohio State 6th. Not surprisingly, most of the other DI schools are next, with the exception of Maine near the bottom (New Hampshire, 4th; North Dakota, 7th; Connecticut, 8th; Vermont, 9th; and Maine, 13th). The DII schools are at the bottom with the exception of Minnesota-Duluth, which is 5th, with the rest 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th. Wisconsin is in first by an extremely large amount, mostly due to payments on the debt on LeBahn Arena, with Minnesota second, $100 thousand ahead of Penn State, but 3rd through 6th are separated by just $100 thousand as are 7th, 8th and 9th.
All but two (Bemidji State and Wayne State) averaged overall losses, with all having earned losses between $743 thousand and 2.8 million. However, for all but 2 of the schools the total average expenses for womenís hockey are under 10% of the schoolís total average athletic expenses, with only Minnesota-Duluth at 17.2% and Bemidji State at 15.5% being over.
When you add the limited EADA information for the private schools the picture is a bit different. Syracuse takes the 2nd spot, with Boston University 3rd, Quinnipiac 5th, Northeastern 6th, Providence 10th, Rensselaer 11th, Clarkson 13th, St. Lawrence 14th and Boston College 15th. The six Ivies, RIT, Sacred Heart, Union, and Holy Cross fill out the 10 of the bottom 11 (along with Lindenwood), as they donít offer athletic aid.
Of the 36 schools that sponsored both menís and womenís hockey between 2009-16 only 3 schools have higher averaged expenses for their womenís teams: Mercyhurst (113.0%), Connecticut (103.6%, but this has changed since the men joined Hockey East), and Roberrt Morris (102.7%). Niagara averaged 95.1% of their menís team until they dropped womenís hockey, with the rest ranging from St. Lawrenceís 85.5% to North Dakotaís 31.0%. A small part of this can be assigned to the fact that the womenís teams average slightly smaller than their menís counterparts. Only Sacred Heart (101.5%) and North Dakota (100.5%) have averaged more participants on their womenís teams than their menís teams. The rest have averaged between 98.2% (Penn State) and 75.0% (Merrimack) of their menís teams.
When it comes to game-day expenses the womenís teams have a high of 82.5% of the menís team (Bemidji State), to a low of 20.1% (Boston College), with the per Capita expense likewise ranginging from 90.0% (again Bemdiji State) to 21.4% (again Boston College).
For coaches compensation I only have the 13 public schools (12 for head and assistant coaches) that sponsored both menís and womenís hockey. Here we have Minnesota-Duluth at the top, paying an average of 80.5% of their menís head coach, Wisconsin not far behind at 76.1%, Connecticut at 69.8% (and dropping), and Bemidji at 64.4%. The total compensation the other 8 schoolís head coaches are below 50%, with 5 in the 40-50% range, New Hampshire and North Dakota about 1/3 and Maine just 25.2%. For assistant coaches itís a bit better, with 9 of the 12 averaging over 50%, from Connecticutís 78.2% of their menís assistants to St. Cloudís 52.0%, with only Ohio State (46.0%), North Dakota (38.1%) and Maine (27.5%) less.
As far as athletic aid goes, I have reported amounts for 16 and estimates for another 12. Of these 28 schools the aid amounts are much better, with 8 schools averaging over 100% of their menís teams, ranging from Mercyhurstís estimated 143.0% to Minnesota-Duluthís 102.2%. Part of this is due to three of the schoolís (Mercyhurst, Robert Morris and Niagara Ė which dropped the sport after the 2011-12 season) being in Atlantic Hockey on the menís side and being restricted in who many scholarships they could offer. However, 13 more are reported or estimated be averaging at least 90% of their menís aid amounts. Of the remaining 7 schools 3 averaged over 80% and one is just under at 79.3%, leaving just Merrimack, Holy Cross and Sacred Heart. Merrimack has only one yearís average and will be climbing over the next several years as they continue to add scholarships, as will Holy Cross as they join Hockey East.