Tahlequah Daily Press

June 26, 2014

Stoops, other OU coaches getting pay hikes

By JOHN SHINN
Associated Press

— The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents’ meeting proved to be a good one for local accountants. Most of the Sooners’ coaches received raises.

The largest went to football coach Bob Stoops, who was given a seven-year contract extension worth $39.9 million.

The deal will pay Stoops, who will begin his 16th season as OU’s head coach in August, $5.25 million for the 2014 season. It ends in the 2020 season. Stoops is scheduled to make $6.15 million in the final year.

With the agreement, Stoops becomes the second highest paid coach in college football. Only Alabama’s Nick Saban is set to make more. He signed an eight-year deal that will pay him $55.2 million over the course of the contract.

Stoops joins Saban, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and Texas coach Charlie Strong as the only college football coaches scheduled to make at least $5 million this season.

“Through the good fortunate of what our football program has done, the excitement and the way people have supported not just football but our other sports, we’ve become closer to the kind of statement I said back then, that we wanted to be a program by which all of us are compared,” Castiglione said on Wednesday.

Stoops wasn’t the only coach to get a raise and extension on Wednesday. Most of OU’s did.

Stoops’ staff did. His brother, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, picked up a $200,000 a year raise that has him slated to make $850,000 a year over the next three seasons.

Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was bumped up to $605,000 a season for the next two years. Heupel and Mike Stoops are the only assistant coaches with multi-year contracts.

Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell’s salary was bumped up to $455,000. The rest of the football assistants will make between $380,000 (defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery) and $325,000 (linebackers coach Tim Kish and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jay Boulware). Director of Sports Enhancement Jerry Schmidt’s salary was raised to $300,000.

The football staff wasn’t the only sport that was taken care off on Wednesday.

The man doling out the checks, OU athletic director Joe Castiglione, received a $100,000 a year raise and his contract extended through 2020. He is slated to make $1.03 million for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger received a six-year extension through 2019-2020 season. The deal is for $17 million and will pay an average of 2.83 million per year.

His assistants — Steven Henson, Lew Hill and Chris Crutchfield — will all make $225,250 next season.

Women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale received a seven-year, $8.96 million extension. She will make an average of $1.28 per year over the life of the contract. Her assistants — Pam DeCosta, Jan Ross and Chad Thrailkill — also received five percent raises. Ross will make $205,000 next season. Thraikill will make $150,000 and DeCosta will get $139,000.

The football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball assistant coaches were the only ones to receive raises on Wednesday.

However, the head coaches in wrestling, rowing, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s gymnastics, women’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, soccer and track and field all received increases.

Women’s gymnastics coach K.J. Kindler, who led the Sooners to national championship this past season, was given a $20,000 raise to $220,000 per season in a deal that runs through 2020. She will also get a guaranteed raise of $10,000 beginning in 2015 and will a $100,000 bonus if she remains on the job until June 30, 2017.

Kindler’s deal, with the exception of the “stay bonus” puts her on par with what men’s coach Mark Williams is slated to receive through 2020.

“Seeing some of the programs that were struggling once, now we’re on the precipice of playing for national titles. This year you saw the gymnastics teams win a national championship. Those kinds of things lead to a proactive spirit that we established long ago,” Castiglione said. “It’s not just the compensation or their contract that leads to retention, but it’s everything we’re doing to invest in their sports’ success that inspires them.”

Wrestling coach Mark Cody received a 5 percent raise to $147,500 per season. Women’s golf coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell’s salary rose by $11,400 to $140,000 for next season. Men’s golf coach Ryan Hybl will make $145,000 next year after a $10,000 raise.

Women’s tennis coach David Mullins netted an extra $10,000 for next season, bringing his salary to $110,000. Every head coach OU has will make at last that next season.

Men’s tennis coach John Roddick, who guided OU to the NCAA finals in May, received a $40,200 raise. He’ll now make $175,000 per season.

Track and Field coach James VanHootegem received the day’s smallest raise. But the extra $3,000 raised his pay to $153,000 per year.

Rowing coach Leeann Crain raise to $125,000 per year was a $7,500 bump in pay.

The only head coaches who didn’t receive raises were softball coach Patty Gasso, who did receive a one-year extension on the five-year, $2.25 million deal she agreed to last June, baseball coach Pete Hughes and volleyball coach Santiago Restrepo.