Please don't turn this to turn into "USA Wrestling Bashing". Questions can be found below.
Take a look at top guys like Ben Askren, Mo Lawal, Cael Sanderson, (the list continues..) who end their wrestling careers because of financial stability issues in wrestling at the highest level. I recall an article by Askren where he mentioned he got a stippend of about $6,000 annually to wrestle as the #1 guy in the country.
Assuming their travel, food, and housing are paid for @ major events you could assume that each weight may get $20,000 during the Olympic year.. That is $140,000 per men's style, $80,000 for women's.
That's 18 people receiving about $360,000 +/- during an Olympic year, even less when the athletes are traveling on their own around the US.
Then, take a look at this list:
Membership & State Services
Mark Scott Director of State Services
Tony Black Manager of Grass Roots Development
Sam Barber Manager of National Coaches Education
Kevin Hansen Manager of Junior Olympic Programming
Shonna Vest Membership Services Assistant
Marge Civil State Services Assistant
Dwaine Cooper Associate Executive Director of Finance & Admin
MaryBeth Powers Manager of Finance
Sonja Johnson Finance Assistant
Collin Maxim Mail & Shipping Services
Christina Copple Video Technician
Gary Abbott Director of Communications & Special Projects
Craig Sesker Manager of Communications
Larry Nugent Director of Development
Harris Kalofonos Manager of Development
Pete Isais Director of National Events
Steve Beuning Coordinator of National Events
Chris Moen Assistant Coordinator of National Events
Rich Bender Executive Director
Haley Thompson Executive Assistant
Karen Robinson Receptionist
Meredith Wilson Director of Information Technology
Mitch Hull Director of National Teams
Zeke Jones National Freestyle Head Coach
Brandon Slay Freestyle Resident Coach
Bill Zadick Freestyle Resident Coordinator
Steve Fraser National Greco-Roman Head Coach
Momir Petkovic Assistant Greco-Roman National Coach
Ike Anderson Greco-Roman Developmental Coach
Terry Steiner National Women's Freestyle Head Coach
Vladislav Izboinikov (Izzy) Women's Freestyle Resident Coach
Jaimie McNab National Teams Assistant
So, you've got 32 people, each almost certainly makes more than $20,000 a year + many of which have equal or greater benefits than the wrestlers themselves (travel, job security, higher wages, room & board @ events).
Now for my questions:
USA Wrestling, as a NPO, should have tax information available to the public (I think, right?). Does anyone know where it is? Does USA Wrestling display their executive's pay anywhere on TheMat.com?
How much does USA Wrestling pay each of their 7 directors: Rich Bender, Meredith Wilson, Mitch Hull, Gary Abbott, Mark Scott, Larry Nugent, and Peter Isais? How much more do you think these seven combined to make over Olympians: Henry Cejudo, Doug Schwab, Ben Askren, Andy Hrovat, Daniel Cormier, and Steve Mocco in 2008?
How much has the sport of wrestling (# of USA Wrestling members) grown in the past 5 years?
How many of these people have been there for 5 years or longer?
How many executives, managers, coaches, or other employees of sports franchises make more than their best players?
Is USA Wrestling managing their # of employees (new hires, fires, expansions) in relation to the growth of the sport?
How much does USA Wrestling spend/earn on Technology (TrackWrestling, LiveSportsVideo, etc)?
If you are one of these employees, comfortable with the $75,000 a year you receive, are you really going to go out of your way to fairly compensate the people that generate your revenue if you don't have to?