Iowa’s Chris Doyle likely will retain his standing as the highest-paid college football strength coach at a public school this season with a base salary of $725,000.
Doyle’s salary, which became effective July 1, was released Tuesday by the university in response to an open-records request from USA TODAY Sports.
Doyle had $675,000 in basic pay last season — a little over $100,000 more than Ohio State’s Mickey Marotti, who had the second-highest total. However, under a provision in Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz’s contract, the university agrees to fund certain average pay increases for assistants and other staff based on the team’s on-field and academic performance each season.
DATABASE: Assistant coaches' salaries
If the team’s most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate is at least 67.5%, the increases are based on whether team reaches 7 wins, plays in a bowl game and/or ends the season ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams.
Last season, the team had GSR of 76%, won eight games, played in a bowl game but did not end the season in the top 25. That meant average pay increases of 8%.
Other football strength coaches at public schools have received pay increases, but with some salaries still being determined it seems likely will Doyle still will top his peers.
Among the strength-coach salaries for this season, as obtained by USA TODAY Sports are:
Tennessee's Craig Fitzgerald: $625,000
Alabama’s Scott Cochran: $585,000
Clemson’s Joey Batson: $500,000
Oklahoma State’s Rob Glass: $500,000
Michigan’s Ben Herbert: $450,000