It pays to be an SEC assistant coach.
No, SEC assistants don’t make the $4 million plus of every SEC West head coach. But several coordinators are making money previously reserved only for well-established power-conference head coaches.
Seven of the 10 highest-paid college football assistants coach in the SEC, including five defensive coordinators.
10 HIGHEST-PAID COLLEGE FOOTBALL ASSISTANTS, 2015*
|1. Will Muschamp||Auburn defensive coordinator||$1.6 million|
|T2. Kirby Smart||Alabama defensive coordinator||$1.5 million|
|T2. John Chavis||Texas A&M defensive coordinator||$1.5 million|
|T2. Cam Cameron||LSU offensive coordinator||$1.5 million|
|5. Todd Grantham||Louisville defensive coordinator||$1.4 million|
|6. Brent Venables||Clemson defensive coordinator||$1.35 million|
|7. Jeremy Pruitt||Georgia defensive coordinator||$1.3 million|
|8. Kevin Steele||LSU defensive coordinator||$1 million|
|9. Brian Schottenheimer||Georgia offensive coordinator||$950,000|
|T10. Bud Foster||Virginia Tech defensive coordinator||$900,000|
|T10. Mike Norvell||Arizona State offensive coordinator||$900,000|
*All data courtesy of CoachingSearch.com.
The SEC also compensates position coaches very well.
With the exception of offensive line, the SEC claims one or two of the three highest-paid coaches at every position. Note that several of these coaches hold additional titles like special teams coach or associate head coach.
|1. Adrian Klemm||UCLA||$723,000|
|2. Rick Trickett||Florida State||$583,000|
|3. Joe Wickline||Texas||$575,000|
|1. Greg Mattison||Michigan||$700,000|
|2. Rodney Garner||Auburn||$600,000|
|3. Ron Aiken||Oregon||$500,000|
|1. Frank Wilson||LSU||$660,000|
|2. Clarence McKinney||Texas A&M||$458,000|
|3. Jay Graham||Florida State||$403,000|
|Lawrence Dawsey||Florida State||$463,000|
|1. Mel Tucker||Alabama||$500,000|
|2. Brian Stewart||Nebraska||$400,000|
|3. Demetrice Martin||UCLA||$385,000|
|1. Bobby Williams||Alabama||$440,840|
|2. Tim Brewster||Florida State||$433,000|
|3. Tom Osborne||Oregon||$367,584|