Snyder gets biggest raise among Holtz assistants
USF defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, whose defense led the Bulls to an 8-5 record in Skip Holtz's first season, was rewarded with a $50,000 raise for 2011-12, easily the highest among Holtz's nine assistant coaches, according to figures released by USF on Tuesday.
Snyder, who had been head coach at Marshall before coming to USF, will now earn $260,000, the most ever for a Bulls assistant. Defensive coordinator Wally Burnham had held that honor, making $220,000 under Jim Leavitt in 2008. Snyder kept USF's defense ranked among the nation's best, ranking 17th in the country in total defense and 22nd in scoring defense despite having four starters taken in the NFL Draft.
All nine assistant coaches returned for Holtz's second season, and all received raises from their 2010-11 salaries, with the other eight earning raises between $5,000 and $15,000.
The salary figures were released in response to a public records request filed by the Times last month. Under Holtz's contract, his pool for assistants increased from $1.55 million in his first season to $1.65 million this year and $1.75 million in 2012. The nine full-time assistants collectively got a $120,000 raise, meaning Holtz has $50,000 to supplement other staff positions, down from $70,000 last year.
The three assistant coaches carried over from Jim Leavitt's 2009 staff remain the lowest-paid assistants, but also got larger raises this year -- defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick and tight ends coach Larry Scott, two of the staff's top recruiters, each earned $15,000 raises to $135,000, while receivers coach Phil McGeoghan got a $10,000 raise to $90,000.
Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch earned a $10,000 raise to $220,000, and four other assistants who came in with Holtz got $5,000 raises: defensive backs coach Rick Smith ($205,000), defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves ($190,000), quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas ($190,000) and offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler ($175,000).
USF's pool for assistant football coaches has come a long way since the Bulls joined the Big East in 2005 -- the total pool for nine assistants that year was $690,000, less than half what Holtz's staff made in 2010. The highest-paid assistant in 2005, Rick Kravitz, made $104,000, which would rank him next-to-last on the current staff.