National Title Triggers Incentive Bonus for Razorbacks' Bucknam

University of Arkansas track coach Chris Bucknam picked up his first national title over the weekend as the Razorbacks won the NCAA Indoor meet. He also triggered an incentive bonus clause in his letter of agreement with the UA.

Bucknam earned a $35,406.25 bonus, which is equal to three months salary. Arkansas pays Bucknam $141,625 annually under a letter of agreement that runs through June 30, 2016.

Performance incentive awards included in the deal are non-cumulative and range from $11,458 for a SEC Championship, $5,729 for a National Top 10 finish and $17,187 for a Top 4 finish.

Arkansas’ national title is the first since John McDonnell retired in 2008. Bucknam was hired from Northern Iowa to replace McDonnell.

“Chris accepted a huge challenge when he agreed to replace John McDonnell in 2008,” Athletic Director Jeff Long said. “Coach Bucknam had the courage and self-confidence to follow a legend. He did so by embracing the success of the past, but building the program in the manner he believed would be successful in today’s track and field environment.”