Gov. DeSantis suggests high school football coaches need to be paid more

Ron DeSantis
'I want it to be attractive to coach.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is talking high school sports, and is making the case that football coaches in Florida don’t make enough compared to those in other states, creating a potential competitive disadvantage.

During remarks at the Jacksonville Classical Academy, the Florida Governor said “how they treat football or some of the coaches in high school in Florida compared to some of these others is different.”

“I don’t want to say that money is everything, but I think you can make more money being like a high school football coach in Georgia because parents can do boosters and stuff and look, I know there’s got to be guardrails on that, but I want it to be attractive to coach,” DeSantis said.

Per ZipRecruiter, the average salary for high school football coaches in the state is $35,790. That’s nearly $11,000 below the national average, and ranks Florida 49th out of 50 states.

“While ZipRecruiter is seeing salaries as high as $47,827 and as low as $8,220, the majority of High School Football Coach salaries currently range between $29,900 (25th percentile) to $37,400 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $47,826 annually in Florida.”

However, it’s unclear if Georgia presents the best example of a place where football coaches can go to get paid. That state’s average coach makes just north of $37,000 a year, though Florida coaches have moved on to the Peach State, suggesting the reported number doesn’t tell the whole compensation story.

The real money seems to be in places like Texas, where football coaches routinely make six-figure salaries in the land of Friday Night Lights, including 25 such coaches in the Houston metropolitan area alone.

Legislation was floated this year in partnership with the Florida Coaches Council that could have led to stipends of up to $22,500 for coaches in exchange for mandatory hour commitments.

“What we’re asking is that coaching supplements be attached to mandatory hours paid for hours working as opposed to school districts guessing how many hours they’re working,” said Dr. Andrew Ramjit, Executive Director of the Florida Coaches Coalition, in comments to the Palm Beach Post earlier this year.

“That’s just paying these coaches minimum wages. Coaches have been unfairly treated and overlooked for the job they put in. I like to call coaching the No. 1 dropout prevention program. The work coaches do is overlooked by school districts and teacher unions.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 16, 2024 at 12:43 pm

    LOLs @ Rhonda, wanting to ban books and math and pay football coaches more. What a dip stick.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 16, 2024 at 12:48 pm

      Dee is presuming coach will also teach a full load of history classes and PE, so this money is icing on the cake.

      • rick whitaker

        April 18, 2024 at 11:35 pm

        donald trump, fuk you and you bump buddy rhonda

    • Donald Trump

      April 17, 2024 at 1:56 pm

      He also is a niggger hater

      • Chris

        April 18, 2024 at 12:48 am

        Wow. That comment gets posted. But mine is waiting mods?

        • rick whitaker

          April 18, 2024 at 11:34 pm

          CHRIS, that post has trump written on it so it means he is special and can get away with more by design.

      • rick whitaker

        April 18, 2024 at 11:36 pm


    • Gwen Williams

      April 18, 2024 at 10:07 am

      What I want, what I want….. Florida doesn’t care what YOU want. You missed a day of class when they taught the lesson that it’s not about you. You are twisted. Don’t teach the truth about slavery and try to pass it off as an apprenticeship program, ban books, but say all kids should be taught about communism but not true history of this country. Crawl back under a rock

  • Tjb

    April 16, 2024 at 12:52 pm

    Looks like this will be the solution to the high cost of insurance in Florida. Thank you Governor DeSantis for your help,

    • Troy

      April 16, 2024 at 1:54 pm

      People who do not own a home are in a significantly worse situation, especially in South Florida.

      • rick whitaker

        April 16, 2024 at 2:05 pm

        troy, leave florida, i did, best decision i could have made. florida is too far gone for rep[air, i hope i’m wrong.

  • Troy

    April 16, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    Governor DeSantis’s suggestion to increase pay for high school football coaches is noteworthy, but it’s crucial to prioritize fair compensation for all educators, including regular teachers. In South East Florida, where the cost of living is significantly higher, it’s imperative that teachers receive adequate salaries to sustain themselves and their families. While extracurricular activities like football are undoubtedly valuable, let’s not forget the fundamental role teachers play in shaping the future of our communities. Investing in their well-being is investing in the future of education and our society as a whole.

    • rick whitaker

      April 16, 2024 at 2:03 pm

      TROY, you said it well. thank you. i value teachers, christian warmongers do not. the simulated war of sports is more important to them, so they want to pay coaches more and teachers less. very clear to me.

      • Tjb

        April 16, 2024 at 2:53 pm

        His folks on the broward school board want to take away the recent pay raises for the teachers. Desantis priorities are out of wack with reality.

        • MH/Duuuval

          April 16, 2024 at 3:04 pm

          Which underscores the problem with a Governor who intervenes in local school board elections. In one Duval race an incumbent who is a child psychologist and had served one term during COVID, was defeated for re-election by a person with no relevant credentials except for a MAGA endorsement.

        • rick whitaker

          April 16, 2024 at 10:17 pm

          TJB, to my point, desantis is a christian and as a group they don’t pay teachers well, ceo’s, yes, teachers, no. traditionally the east has valued teachers, and have reviled merchants as being losers. in the west the opposite is true.

    • Tina Lewis

      April 17, 2024 at 12:08 pm

      Absolutely agree! I am on the west coast of FL and the cost of living here is insane. As a teacher, I am thankful I have a husband that has a salary that keeps us afloat. I’m not sure how single parent teachers are making it on the horrible salaries we get.

      • Mark

        April 19, 2024 at 2:44 pm

        Thank you for being a teacher.

  • Donald Trump

    April 17, 2024 at 1:49 pm

    This dude is retarded

  • Donald Trump

    April 17, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    backstabbing piece of shit

  • Tom Ganski

    April 17, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    This is all anyone needs to know about Florida education, priorities, politics, concern for children, etc. Ban books, put teachers in a no win situation, be among the lowest in pay to teachers, inhibit speech in school, teach convoluted history, etc. But, hey, let’s pay high school football coaches who coach a sport that jeopardizes brain health more money.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 17, 2024 at 8:25 pm

      The professionalization of college sports may enable citizens to get control of athletics in the public schools.
      Every community in the South has a young person permanently injured in football or another sanctioned contact sport.
      Why not focus on swimming, track, volleyball, and field events?

      • rick whitaker

        April 18, 2024 at 9:14 pm

        MH, because those sport’s don’t satisfy the need for competative simulated war sports like football that christians demand.

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