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April 6, 2011 at 9:56 PM

All UW assistants signed through 2012 season (or about to be)

UW officials confirmed today that eight of the nine full-time assistants on the Husky football staff have newly-signed contracts through the 2012 season (technicaly through June 30, 2013 the way they are written).

The only one who does not have a signed deal through 2012 is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier, who has a contract through 2011 but is in the process of getting a new contract with an extension.

Nussmeier and defensive coordinator Nick Holt each got extensions before last season of the contract they had signed when first hired in 2009, Holt’s through 2012 and Nussmeier’s through 2011.

Each of the other seven assistants had two-year contracts they signed in 2009 that expired after the 2010 season (though again, technically through June 30, 2011).

UW coach Steve Sarkisian has said all along he wanted to keep the staff together, so the first order of business was to get new deals for the seven ssistants whose contracts were expiring. A new contract for Nussmeier is expected to follow shortly. This is the third straight year UW has had the same staff intact (1990 had been the last time UW had previously kept a staff together for two straight years) and obviously with all now under contract through 2011, the staff could stay together even longer.

Along with extensions, assistants Johnny Nansen (defensive line, special teams, recruiting coordinator), Joel Thomas (running backs ), Demetrice Martin (cornerbacks) and Jimmie Dougherty (receivers) also received raises.

Here’s a look at each assistant and their salary going forward other than Nussmeier:

Nick Holt, defensive coordinator, $650,004
Dan Cozzetto, offensive line/run game coordinator, $300,000
Mike Cox, linebackers, $220,008
Johnny Nansen, defensive line/recruiting coordinator/special teams, $165,000 in 2011 and $175,000 in 2012
Demetrice Martin, cornerbacks, $165,000
Joel Thomas, running backs, $160,008
Jeff Mills, safeties, $155,000
Jimmie Dougherty, receivers, $135,000 in 2011, 145,008 in 2012

(Nussmeier’s current deal calls for an annual salary of $300,000).

That’s a total pay of roughly $2.2 million per year for the football coaching staff. Sarkisian recently got a new five-year deal that escalates in pay from $2.25 million in 2011 to $2.85 million in 2015.
All of the contracts also have some standard incentives — each received $8,000-$10,000 bonuses last year when UW qualified for the Holiday Bowl, for instance. Holt also received a $200,000 retention bonus as part of his original deal.

As noted above, Sarkisian said consistently last year he wanted to keep the staff together.

“I think the continuity on our staff is tremendous right now,” he said in January. “It’s been a point of emphasis of one, to try and keep our staff together, because I think that continuity carries over from year to year to year. As we’ve touched on, you look at the programs that have grown from the depths of where we started, I think continuity is big — it’s big from a messaging perspective, whether it’s from me, through the assistant coaches all the way down the players. And then obviously on the offense and defense scheme-wise, to have that continuity is big.”



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