WSU baseball coach Lees will be paid well

PULLMAN – It remains to be seen if Marty Lees can lead Washington State back to baseball prominence, but he’ll be paid well regardless.

Lees, hired to replace Donnie Marbut as head baseball coach in June, will be paid a base salary of $250,000 per year. That easily tops the $178,050 paid Marbut in 2014 as the highest salary for a baseball coach in WSU history.

Lees’ contract was provided to after a public records request to the university. The contract was filed only recently, though terms were agreed to on June 3, according to the contract.

Lees was highly successful as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at powerful Oklahoma State and Oregon State. He receives the standard WSU coaching perks of life insurance, family medical insurance, retirement contributions and a donated vehicle (or $450 per month for his own vehicle).

Performance bonuses in Lees’ contract range from $5,000 for a fifth-place finish in the Pac-12 Conference to $100,000 for a national championship. A College World Series appearance is worth $50,000, a Super Regional $25,000, a regional $10,000.

Lees earns $30,000 for a national coach of the year award, $25,000 for a Pac-12 title, $20,000 for finishing second, $15,000 for third and $10,000 for fourth. If Baseball America magazine ranks a WSU recruiting class in the top 10 nationally, Lees pockets $10,000. A team grade point average of 2.5 or better for the year earns Lees $5,000. WSU will pay Lees $25,000 for any “collateral opportunity” available to him as the coach.

Assistant coaches Dan Spencer and Jim Horner will be paid $140,000 and $105,000, respectively. Spencer will serve as associate head coach and pitching coach. Horner, a former WSU standout and minor league manager, will coach hitters and catchers.

Horner was Texas Tech’s hitting coach in 2011 and ‘12 when Spencer was head coach of the Red Raiders. Spencer and Lees were assistants at Oregon State when the Beavers won the College World Series in 2006 and ’07.

Marbut was fired after a 29-27 season (11-19 Pac-12) with a freshman-laden roster. Marbut posted a 314-310 record in 11 seasons as head coach. Only Cougars coaching legends Bobo Brayton and Buck Bailey won more games as Washington State's baseball coach.

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