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Florida to pay out $2.74 million to assistant coaches

Austin_Teryl The University of Florida will pay out a total of $2.74 million in salaries to its nine assistant coaches this year, according to contracts released by the University Athletic Association on Tuesday. The salaries include raises, some significant, for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Steve Addazio, defensive assistant coordinator/safeties Chuck Heater, assistant defensive head coach Dan McCarney, tight ends coach Brian White and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler.

Teryl Austin, the Gators’ new defensive coordinator who was hired from the Arizona Cardinals, is the highest-paid assistant coach – earning a base salary of $440,000 annually. Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Steve Addazio received a raise a $175,000 raise in August 2009, and remains at $375,000 for the current contract period which runs through 2012.

Veteran coach Chuck Heater, who is the Gators’ defensive assistant coordinator/safeties coach, received a $50,000 raise which now has him earning a base salary of $305,000. Assistant defensive head coach Dan McCarney, who is a former head coach, received a $10,000 raise to $330,000.

Quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler, running backs coach Stan Drayton, linebackers/special teams coach D.J. Durkin, tight ends coach Brian White and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni will all receive $240,000. White’s salary represents a $60,000 pay increase from last season.

In addition to their base salaries, each coach also receives an additional $10,000 from Florida’s Nike apparel and equipment contract, according to the documents which were obtained by the St. Petersburg Times through the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The staff, which includes four new assistant coaches, could earn closer to $3 million in bonuses based on the Gators’ on the field performance, including an SEC title and their bowl appearance. The staff will get a 30 percent bonus for winning the national title.

The Gators aren't alone in escalating salaries for assistant coaches. Tennessee will pay its nine assistants more than $5 million.  First year head coach Derek Dooley lured Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox for $600,000 annually. South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson reportedly will earn $700,00 this season.

Last season, seven of the SEC's 12 schools had a payroll of more than $2 million for its assistant coaches, which is expected to rise this year.

Photo: UF defensive coordinator Teryl Austin

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:55pm]


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