Florida Gators’ 29-year-old coordinator is latest seven-figure assistant

UF released the contracts for new football coaches Thursday, including first-year DC Austin Armstrong.
Florida Gators assistant Austin Armstrong is the football team's new defensive coordinator.
Florida Gators assistant Austin Armstrong is the football team's new defensive coordinator. [ STEPHEN M. DOWELL | Orlando Sentinel ]
Published April 20|Updated April 20

New Florida Gators defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong will earn $1.1 million this year as the program’s latest seven-figure assistant. That’s a raise of $100,000 from what his predecessor, Patrick Toney, made last season.

Armstrong, 29, will receive $100,000 annual raises in the three-year contract, which was released Thursday under open-records laws.

Bonuses for assistants include 10% for making the SEC title game, one month’s salary for appearing in a bowl game or 10% for making a New Year’s Six bowl game and up to 30% for winning the national championship.

Corey Raymond received a $30,000 raise to $755,000. His role has moved from cornerbacks coach to secondary coach in Billy Napier’s second season.

New tight ends coach Russ Callaway’s annual base salary is $300,000 for the two-year deal.

Receivers coach Billy Gonzales’ two-year deal will pay him $500,000 annually. That’s the same as his predecessor, Keary Colbert, who left for an NFL job.

If Armstrong or the other new assistants leave to join another SEC staff, they will owe UF 60% of what’s left on his deal. That number drops to 40% for joining a staff outside the SEC.

Armstrong will owe nothing if he takes a Division I-A head coaching job or a job in the NFL as a head coach or coordinator. The buyouts are waived for the position coaches if they accept jobs as coordinators or head coaches at major colleges or in the NFL.

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