A little over two months after Washington State defeated Miami in the Sun Bowl, the coaches are being rewarded for the best season in over a decade. Stephanie Loh at the Seattle Times reports Mike Leach will be getting a $200,000 raise and the ten assistants will earn an additional $375,000 dollars between them.
We'll start with the man in charge, Mike Leach. He earned a $100,000 bonus for the Sun Bowl win and Bill Moos bumped his total compensation up to $2.95 million per year. The raise also came with a contract rollover which will now keep Leach in Pullman through at least the 2020 season.
Coming off an incredible improvement on the defensive side of the ball, coordinator Alex Grinch is picking up an additional $150,000 per year in addition to a bowl bonus. Grinch's contract was extended in the offseason through the 2018 season. Grinch's salary is scheduled to increase $25,000 every year through the life of the deal. It also includes a buy-out clause for WSU if Grinch takes another coordinator job, WSU will make no less than a quarter million dollars through the summer of 2018. There's no buyout if Grinch takes a head coaching job.
Defensive line and assistant head coach Joe Salave'a got the second largest raise at an extra $50,000 per year in addition to his contract extension through the 2017 season.
Every other assistant coach got a raise from last year, with Clay McGuire (additional $40,000), Roy Manning (additional $35,000), and Ken Wilson (additional $30,000) pulling in the biggest increases.
All told, the Cougs are spending $575,000 more on coaches for this coming season than they were last year, a well deserved reward after winning the Sun Bowl.