Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran gets another small bonus, year under contract
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama’s new football coaching staff will come with a significantly bigger price tag.
Nick Saban’s new 10-person on-field staff, with seven new additions, will cost $7.56 million. That’s up from just under $6 million last season ($5.957 million).
Alabama also paid $564,079.85 in buyouts for four assistant coaches from their previous contracts with other schools.
The compensation committee of the Board of Trustees approved the new contracts Wednesday morning.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian, who was briefly Saban’s offensive coordinator before for the 2016 national championship game, received a three-year deal that will pay him $1.55 million this season, and 1.6 million for the final two years.
Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said the deal also includes a longevity incentive. Specifically, the contract includes a $500,000 forgivable loan as a promissory note to Sarkisian if he reaches the end of the contract on Feb. 28, 2022.
Pete Golding, one of three assistant coaches who was retained from last season, received a raise and extension with his promotion to defensive coordinator from $650,000 annually to $1.1 million this year, and $1.2 for the final two years of his contract.
Last year, offensive coordinator Mick Locksley made $1.2 million and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi was paid $1.1 million.
Alabama's coordinators are under contract through the 2021 season, while everyone else signed for two years, through 2020.
The contracts as announced:
Steve Sarkisian, offensive coordinator, three years, 1.55 million this year, 1.6 million for the final two years, includes longevity incentive.
Brian Baker, associate head coach defense/defensive line: two years, $750,000 each year, plus $196,774.19 buyout from Mississippi State.
Charles Huff, associate head coach offense/running backs: two years, $545,000 each year, plus $137,346.94 buyout from Mississippi State.
Charles Kelly, associate defensive coordinator/safeties: two years, $800,000 each year, plus $110,747.28 buyout from Tennessee.
Kyle Flood, offensive line: two years, $650,000 per year.
San Sunseri, outside linebacker: two years, $650,000 per year, plus $119,211.54 buyout from Florida.
Holmon Wiggins, wide receivers: two years, $450,000 per year.
Pete Golding, Defensive Coordinator: contract extended one year, will be paid $1.1 million this year, $1.2 million final two years.
Jeff Banks, Special Teams Coordinator: contract extended, two years remaining, will be paid $541,277 this season, $650,000 final year.
Karl Scott, cornerbacks: 2 years remaining on contract, $525,000 per year.
In comparison, here were the contract for the 2018 season:
Mike Locksley, offensive coordinator $1.2 million.
Tosh Lupoi, defensive coordinator $1.1 million.
Craig Kuligowski, defensive line: $750,000 (plus buyout of up to $53,000 for Miami).
Pete Golding, inside linebackers: $650,000.
Josh Gattis, wide receivers: $525,000 (plus buyout of up to $50,000 to Penn State).
Brent Key, offensive line: $490,000.
Joe Pannunzio, running backs: $425,000.
Karl Scott, defensive backs: $350,000 (plus buyout of as much as $300,000 to Louisiana-Lafayette).
Jeff Banks, special teams: $267,552 (plus buyout of as much as $457,448 to Texas A&M).
Dan Enos, quarterbacks: $200,000 (was getting paid buyout from Arkansas).
Additionally, strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran received a $10,000 raise, from $585,000 to $595,000. His contract, which was extended, runs through Feb. 28, 2022.
Jeff Allen, whose multi-year contract has to be approved by the board since he took over the title of associate athletics director for sports medicine in 2018, had his contract extended a year and he received a $10,000 raise. Overall, he’s signed for three years (through Feb. 28, 2022), for $225,000 a year,
Robert Welton, Director of Player Personnel, will make $210,000.
Finally, new volleyball coach Lindsey Devine’s contract was also approved. She'll make $160,000 annually through the 2023 season.