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January 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Salary pool for UW assistant coaches tops $3 million

UW's assistant coaches, including Bob Gregory (front left), were introduced at a press conference last week. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

UW’s assistant coaches, including Bob Gregory (front left), were introduced at a press conference last week. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington’s eight new assistant coaches are guaranteed a combined salary north of $3 million in their first year on Chris Petersen’s staff, making them among the highest-paid staffs in the Pac-12 Conference.

Each of the eight new assistant coaches signed a two-year deal through Jan. 31, 2016 and each has a guaranteed raise of $15,000 for the second year, according to documents released by UW on Monday.

Petersen signed a five-year, $18 million deal with UW last month, the highest known salary of any Pac-12 head coach.

The total guaranteed salary for the eight new assistants is $3,075,000, an increase from $2,835,000 of UW’s nine previous assistant coaches.

Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski is UW’s highest-paid assistant, guaranteed $485,000 in the first year. He made $352,000 as Boise State’s defensive coordinator in 2013, according to the USA Today database of coaches’ salaries.

The first-year salaries of the other UW assistants, all of whom worked previously with Petersen at Boise State:

— Jonathan Smith, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks: $425,000
Chris Strausser, associate head coach/offensive line: $425,000
Bob Gregory, assistant head coach/linebackers: $425,000
Jimmy Lake, defensive backs: $375,000
Jeff Choate, defensive line/special teams: $345,000
Brent Pease, wide receivers: $345,000
Keith Bhonapa, running backs/recruiting coordinator: $250,000

Bhonapa was the first assistant to join Petersen’s staff at UW, with his contract becoming official on Dec. 9. The contract period for other seven new assistants was Dec. 27.

New contract details have yet to be released for tight ends coach Jordan Paopao, who was retained in the same role, as announced last week. He made $110,000 at UW last season, and a UW spokesman said an addendum for his new contract was still being finalized.

Each of the eight new UW assistants has a standard bonus system — ranging from $2,000 for a team Academic Progress Rate of 950 to $30,000 if the Huskies win the national title — that was nearly identical to the previous staffs’ bonuses.

Former Huskies defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox made $800,000 at UW, then the highest known salary of any Pac-12 assistant coach. Wilcox was one of five former UW assistants to follow Steve Sarkisian to USC.

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