WSU strength coach Jason Loscalzo among best paid nationally and in the Pac-12

MIKE LEACH, you may have heard, doesn’t release injury information but it’s been obvious to anyone watching that the Cougs are starting to string together healthy seasons with bigger bodies -- especially in 2016 with so many Pac-12 schools resembling MASH units. One of the key pieces of Leach’s program is the football strength program headed by Jason Loscalzo. And per USA Today, Washington State's Loscalzo is paid accordingly, as one of the better-paid strength coaches nationally and in the Pac-

Loscalzo is the 25th-highest paid strength coach in the nation at $251,500.  Just behind him at No. 26 is Michigan's Kevin Tolbert ($250,000).

Loscalzo's salary ranks fourth in the Pac-12 among strength coaches, behind ASU’s Shawn Griswold (24th, $255,000); UW’s Tim Socha (17th, $285,000) and UCLA’s Sal Aosi (4th, $ 410,000).

Reflecting the trend in Power 5 schools when it comes to strength coach compensation, Loscalzo was given a $25,000 raise before this season. See related story below.

For the full list of strength coach salaries from USA Today, click here.

WSU's nine assistant coaches rank No. 66 on the USA Today list for the 2016 season, with combined compensation of $2.67 million. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is WSU's highest-paid assistant at $575,000.

Leach is No. 38 on USA Today's list of best-paid head coaches, at $2.95 million annually.  Michigan's Jim Harbaugh tops the ledger by a wide margin, at $9 million -- second and third are Alabama's Nick Saban ($6.9 million) and Ohio State's Urban Meyer ($6 million).

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