October 18th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Athletics Director Andy Fee used the theory of a zero-based budget to get attention from the hiring committee two years ago, and now that’s how The Beach is figuring out its funds. “It’s very complex because there’s so many different variables,” Fee said of the new budget system that is rare for large institutions. “A zero-based budget basically means you build your budget every year. It’s been a departure from the typical government budgeting cycle. It’s a little different and people get a little nervous, but I always say ‘Look at who I am and what I’ve done’ and hopefully that makes a difference.” While most colleges budget their entire athletic department at the beginning of each fiscal year based on the available funds, the zero-based budget means that availability can change season to season. With zero-based budgeting, a program can adjust on the fly and be flexible, while a traditional budget doesn’t allow for that to happen because all of the money has already been allocated. “The model we had for a long time gave us a small amount of money that was very unrealistic and usually about 45 percent of what we’d spend in a year,” Volleyball coach Alan Knipe said. “We would have to fill it in on the back-end all year long and hope that we had enough money and fundraising to cover the budget at the end of June. It’s not a lot of fun being in the middle of the season on a trip and thinking about how we’re $10,000 light in fundraising and how are we going to make it up when we get home.” -Mike Guardabascio & JJ Fiddler, LB Post, Read More

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