We now know how much each member of Ohio State's new coaching staff will be making in 2019.
Co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison will be the Buckeyes' highest-paid assistant coach in 2019, with a salary of $1.1 million, while fellow coordinators Mike Yurcich, Kevin Wilson and Jeff Hafley will each paid $950,000, according to contracts obtained by Eleven Warriors from Ohio State through a public records request on Monday afternoon.
All four coordinators have signed two-year contracts with Ohio State, as have fellow new hires Matt Barnes and Al Washington and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline (who was promoted from interim wide receivers coach in December), while running backs coach Tony Alford, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and defensive line coach Larry Johnson are each on one-year contracts.
The new contract terms for each of Ryan Day's 10 assistant coaches salaries can be seen in the following table. (To view the full contract for each coach, click on the coach's name in the table.)
|Coach||Title||2018 Salary||2019 Salary||Increase||Contract Length|
|GREG MATTISON||CO-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR||$525,000*||$1,100,000||$575,000||2 YEARS|
|MIKE YURCICH||PASSING GAME COORDINATOR AND QB COACH||$800,000*||$950,000||$150,000||2 YEARS|
|KEVIN WILSON||OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AND TE COACH||$800,000||$950,000||$150,000||2 YEARS|
|JEFF HAFLEY||CO-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR AND SECONDARY COACH||N/A*||$950,000||N/A||2 YEARS|
|LARRY JOHNSON||ASSOCIATE HC AND DL COACH||$750,000||$900,000||$150,000||1 YEAR|
|TONY ALFORD||RB COACH AND ASST. HC FOR OFFENSE||$525,000||$600,000||$75,000||1 YEAR|
|GREG STUDRAWA||OL COACH||$500,000||$600,000||$100,000||1 YEAR|
|AL WASHINGTON||LB COACH||$350,000*||$500,000||$150,000||2 YEARS|
|MATT BARNES||ST COORDINATOR AND ASST. SECONDARY COACH||$180,000*||$350,000||$170,000||2 YEARS|
|BRIAN HARTLINE||WR COACH||$105,000||$345,000||$240,000||2 YEARS|
|*Mattison and Washington coached at Michigan in 2018, Yurcich coached at Oklahoma State in 2018 and Barnes coached at Maryland in 2018. Hafley's salary from the San Francisco 49ers is not available for public record.|
Mattison's salary is more than doubled from his previous salary as Michigan's defensive line coach, while Hartline's salary is more than tripled from his previous salary as Ohio State's interim wide receivers coach. Every assistant coach received a raise of at least $75,000 from 2018, with every new assistant coach receiving a pay increase of at least $150,000 from their previous jobs (with the possible exception of Hafley, whose contract as the San Francisco 49ers' secondary coach is not a matter of public record).
In total, Ohio State is set to pay $7.245 million in base salaries to its 10 assistant coaches in 2019. According to USA TODAY's coaching salaries database, Ohio State was the only school to pay out more than $7 million to its assistant football coaches in 2018.
Day is set to make $4.5 million in 2019 in the first year of his five-year contract as Ohio State's new head coach. Urban Meyer made $7.6 million in his final season as Ohio State's head coach last year.
Each Ohio State assistant coach is also eligible for the following bonuses tied to Ohio State's team success in 2019:
- Big Ten East championship: 8.5 percent of coach's base salary
- Big Ten Championship Game win: 4.25 percent
- New Year's Six bowl game: 17 percent
- Non-CFP bowl game and at least nine wins: 4.25 percent
- College Football Playoff berth: 21.25 percent
- National championship game berth: 25.5 percent
All 10 coaches' contracts include a $100,000 buyout that they must pay back to Ohio State if they leave Ohio State for another assistant coaching position before Dec. 1 of the final year of their contracts. The buyout does not apply if an assistant coach leaves Ohio State for a head coaching position.
To pay off buyouts from their previous schools, Yurcich received a $400,000 lump-sum payment from Ohio State, while Washington received a $40,000 lump-sum payment. Yurcich was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State, while Washington was the linebackers coach at Michigan.
Every assistant coach receives six football season tickets and two men's basketball season tickets, as well as a $600 monthly automobile stipend.