Paul Mainieri isn’t the only LSU coach receiving a raise.
D-D Breaux, the school’s longtime gymnastics coach, is getting a 23 percent bump in pay to $240,000 and a two-year contract extension, according to details available on the LSU Board of Supervisors agenda.
Breaux’s contract amendment must be approved at the board meeting on June 24. Her deal, which was scheduled to expire after next season, will now run through the 2019 season.
Breaux is receiving a $45,000 raise from her previous salary of $195,000 — a boost that follows the program’s best finish at the national championships in April when it took second behind Oklahoma.
Breaux, a Donaldsonville native, is entering her 40th season leading the gymnastics program.
“It’s gratifying that the administration came to the table with such a great contract,” she said. “It was kind of a mutual thing, but I think (the contract) had a lot to do with what we’ve done here and the years of service.”
In the past three seasons, Breaux has guided LSU to the two highest finishes in school history at the NCAA Super Six finals. In addition to the runner-up finish this season, the Tigers were third in 2014.
The Tigers are on one of its best runs of Breaux’s lengthy stay.
LSU has placed in the top five three times in the past four seasons — a first in school history — and has advanced to the Super Six five times overall with appearances in 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016.
“D-D is special ... she is a great ambassador for LSU,” athletic director Joe Alleva said. “Her energy and passion is contagious, and she deserves to be one of the highest-paid (coaches) in her sport.”
Breaux was voted national coach of the year by her coaching peers in 2014, has been the NCAA Central region coach of the year eight times and is a seven-time Southeastern Conference coach of the year.
Under Breaux’s guidance, the Tigers have won 15 Central region titles — including four in a row.
In 2016, LSU shattered its home attendance record for the fourth consecutive year with an average of 9,906 fans per meet.
A school-record 13,296 fans packed the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on March 4 to watch the Tigers topple Alabama, and they also drew huge crowds for matchups against Auburn (10,177) and Kentucky (10.052).
Also in the board’s agenda, co-swimming and diving coaches David Geyer and Douglas Shaffer are each receiving $10,000 raises to a salary of $105,000 and a two-year contract extension through 2018.
Mainieri’s new contract details were not available in the agenda, but they could be added before Friday’s meeting. The 10th-year baseball coach spurned a potential offer from Texas on Thursday, deciding to remain at LSU after a meeting with Alleva.
The coach is set to receive what multiple sources have described as a significant and substantial raise. He currently makes $750,000 a year.
Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais contributed to this report.