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January 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Huskies release coaching staff salaries

The University of Washington has released the salaries for its football coaching staff, in the wake of five new hires since the end of the 2011 season as well as a restructuring of some other jobs.

Here’s a link with details. Important to note the school released only memorandums of understanding and not the entire contracts (those will come later).

Most pertinent is that UW is paying its pool of nine assistants $2.73 million. That would be higher than any public school in the Pac-12 paid its assistants last season (see chart below).

The main reason for the bump up is obvious — the aggressive offers UW made to lure the likes of defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox from Tennessee and defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi and offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau from Cal.

Each got three-year contracts that escalate.

As the release from the school states, Wilcox will earn $750,000 in 2012, $350,000 in base pay and $400,000 in supplemental pay. His agreement with Washington calls for $800,000 guaranteed in 2013 and $850,000 in 2014. (He made $700,000 last year at Tennessee).

Kiesau will earn $375,000 this year, $400,000 in 2013 and $425,000 in 2014. Kiesau’s first-year pay is $10,000 above what predecessor Doug Nussmeier earned in 2011, (Kiesau was reported to make $164,000 in 2011 at Cal).

Again, as stated in the press release from the school, Lupoi’s memorandum of understanding with UW calls for guaranteed compensation of $350,000 per year from 2012 through February 6, 2015. It also calls for a one-time payment of $100,000 for the former defensive line coach at Cal. He could earn an additional $100,000 if he remains on the Huskies’ staff through the agreement’s end date. (Lupoi was reported to make $164,000 at Cal).

Last year, UW paid its assistants roughly $2.3 million, which was a school record that has essentially been set every year since about 2007 or so as salaries for coaches continue to rise across the nation.

Salaries, however, appear to be growing even more rapidly in the Pac-12 where schools are suddenly flush with money coming in from the new 12-year TV deal worth an estimated $3 billion that takes effect next season.

Here’s a look at what Pac-12 schools paid assistant coaches in 2011, according to the USA Today football coaches salary database.

1. Colorado $2,490,000
2. Oregon $2,335,000
3. Washington $2,284,024
4. Oregon State $1,746,012
5. UCLA $1,686,250
6. Utah $1,615,000
7. Cal $1,570,000
8. Arizona $1,430,375
9. Washington State $1,275,300
10. Arizona State $1,142,075

(As private schools, USC and Stanford are not required to divulge salaries. It’s generally assumed USC’s staff was the highest-paid in the conference last season. Stanford is not thought to pay as well, likely more in the middle of the pack).

According to that same USA Today, 11 assistant coaches last year made more than $500,000 (including Nick Holt) and 26 more made at least $400,000.

But salaries for assistants are rising rapidly everywhere. It was reported this week that Clemson’s two coordinators will combine to make more than $2 million next season.

The other two new coaches — linebacker coach Peter Sirmon and defensive backs coach Keith Heyward — each got two-year deals.

Sirmon will make $225,000 in 2012 and $250,000 next year and Heyward $150,000 this year and $160,000 in 2013.

As the press release further states, “all the new assistants can earn incentive pay for reaching the Pac-12 championship game, for winning it, for appearing in a bowl game and for appearing in a Bowl Championship Series game or the BCS title game” (and this is an important point to recall before completely judging — what these bonuses are will not be known until the full contracts are complete but some could be easily reachable and add a fairly certain amount of extra pay).

UW AD Scott Woodward said the escalating salaries are necessary to keep up in college football.

“These are some of the top coaches and best recruiters in the country, and the fact they have chosen to come to Washington is a credit to the remarkable job Coach Sarkisian has done with his program in his three seasons here. This is a desired destination on the national map,” he said in the press release.

“As we’ve done since (UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s) arrival, we are seeking and signing the nation’s best coaches, and we are willing and able to do it at market value. Our student-athletes deserve the best leaders and the best facilities to create the best environment to win championships. The expenditure on salaries for football’s assistant coaches is a prudent investment of that additional money from the Pac-12 new multimedia contract, into the program that gives the biggest return to all Husky athletes.”

UW also announced what its holdover coaches are getting: Johnny Nansen’s pay is going from $165,000 last year to $200,000 in 2012 and $225,000 in 2013; Jimmie Dougherty’s pay goes from $135,000 to $190,000 this year and $205,000 next year; Joel Thomas’ pay goes from $160,008 to $190,000 in 2012 and $205,000 in ’13; and Dan Cozzetto’s pay stays the same at $300,000 per year.

As for head coach Sarkisian, the press release notes that he is entering year two of his redone, five-year deal that is guaranteeing him $2.25 million this year, $2.4 million in 2013, $2.55 million in ’14 and $2.7 million in ’15. He has incentive clauses that kick in this year beginning at seven wins per season, plus for postseason games and for his team’s academic achievements.

Here is a breakdown of each coach, title, and salary for 2012:

Dan Cozzetto — Offensive Line Coach & Run Game Coordinator, $300,000
Jimmie Dougherty — Wide Receivers Coach & Pass Game Coordinator, $190,000
Keith Heyward — Defensive Backs Coach, $150,000
Eric Kiesau — Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach, $375,000
Tosh Lupoi — Defensive Line Coach & Defensive Run Game Coordinator, $350,000
Johnny Nansen — Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator & Special Teams Coordinator, $200,000
Peter Sirmon — Linebackers Coach, $225,000
Joel Thomas — Running Backs Coach & Associate Head Coach – Offense, $190,000
Justin Wilcox — Defensive Coordinator, $750,000

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