Ohio State's three assistant coaches will collectively make more than $1 million the next two seasons.
Ryan Pedon, Terry Johnson and Jake Diebler signed signed two-year contracts as assistants on Chris Holtmann's coaching staff, and they will each make at least $250,000 per year, according to an open records request filed by Eleven Warriors and fulfilled on Wednesday.
Together, the three assistant coaches will make $1.075 million in base salary. The past two years, the three assistants made a combined $1.02 million on a staff that included Pedon, Johnson and Mike Schrage, who left Ohio State in April to become Elon's head coach.
Pedon, who made $395,000 each of the past two years, will be the highest-paid assistant coach for the third year in a row. He was given a six-figure raise and will make $500,000 each of the next two years.
After making $300,000 per year as the lowest-paid assistant the past two years, Johnson will make $325,000 the next two years. Diebler, in his first year as an assistant coach at Ohio State, will make $250,000.
The contracts for all three assistant coaches went into effect earlier this year and will expire on June 30, 2021.
If any of the assistant coaches choose to leave Ohio State to become a coach at the Division-I level or in the NBA before their contracts end, they would have to pay $50,000 and return "bonuses and supplemental compensation" to the university. They also won't be allowed to contact or recruit anybody that Ohio State had been recruiting unless their new team had also been recruiting the player.
All three assistant coaches will be eligible for a trio of bonuses based on the team's performance:
- Ohio State becomes Big Ten champions or co-champions: 8.5 percent raise
- Ohio State reaches the Final Four: 8.5 percent raise
- Ohio State wins the national championship: 15 percent raise
Pedon, Johnson and Diebler also each have a stipend of $600 per month to pay for a car. They'll each get four tickets to home football games, eight tickets to home basketball games and four tickets to postseason basketball games.