WSU football coaches snag big salary boosts

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Bill Moos recently announced that he’s given Washington State football coaches $1 million in raises this year, and Moos is also packing some extra green in his wallet.

According to WSU records obtained by Cougfan, Moos’ guaranteed compensation rose from $550,000 to $700,000 this year. That excludes potential bonuses for football bowl games, post-season men’s and women’s basketball games, academic performance, fund-raising, football season tickets, etc.

The $500,000 raise awarded head coach Mike Leach bumped his guaranteed annual compensation to $2.75 million. Leach is eligible for more than $800,000 in bonuses, including $200,000 for a national championship, $100,000 for a Bowl Championship Series appearance, $100,000 for a Pac-12 Conference title, $75,000 for a non-BCS game, $50,000 for winning a national coach of the year award, $25,000 for beating Washington, etc.

Just as Leach remains the highest-paid employee in WSU history, Defensive coordinator Mike Breske remains the highest-paid assistant football coach in school history. Breske’s salary was bumped $50,000 to $376,500. Like all WSU assistants, he’ll receive a bonus of one-12th of his salary for a non-BCS bowl and one-eighth for a BCS bowl.

The salary of defensive line coach Joe Salave’a was increased from $176,500 to $275,000 after USC and Washington pursued him. Offensive line coach Clay McGuire and running backs coach Jim Mastro jumped from $201,500 to $226,500.

Outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons also makes $226,500. He earned $191,500 last year. Linebackers coach Ken Wilson’s pay climbed from $161,500 to $216,500. Inside linebackers coach Paul Volero earns $181,500, up from $156,500.

Contracts have been finalized for WSU’s two other full-time assistant coaches. Assistant head coach-special teams coordinator Eric Russell made $226,500 last year. Inside receiver coach Dave Yost hauled in $201,500.

Football chief of staff Dave Emerick makes $181,500 and is eligible for the same bowl bonuses given to coaches. Contracts have not been finalized for several other football staffers, including head strength and conditioning coach Jason Loscalzo, director of football operations Antonio Huffman and new offensive analyst Graham Harrell.

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