Brian Hartline has received a $650,000 raise with his promotion to offensive coordinator.
Hartline will make $1.6 million in 2023 as Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator, surpassing the $1.4 million salary Kevin Wilson received as Ohio State’s offensive coordinator in 2022. He’ll be the second-highest-paid assistant coach on Ohio State’s 2023 staff behind only defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, who will make $1.957 million after receiving a standard 3% raise for 2023.
Ohio State will have five total assistant coaches making seven figures in 2023. Offensive line coach Justin Frye will make $1 million (a $200,000 raise from last season) with his promotion to run game coordinator. Secondary coach Tim Walton, who was promoted to defensive passing game coordinator, will also earn $1 million after receiving a $300,000 raise as part of a new two-year contract. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson will make just under $1.167 million in 2023 after receiving a 3% raise.
Special teams coordinator Parker Fleming – one of just two returning coaches, along with Johnson, whose previous contract expired at the end of last season – has received a $200,000 raise to $500,000 as part of a new two-year contract.
Keenan Bailey, Ohio State’s only new full-time assistant, will make $400,000 in his first season as the Buckeyes’ tight ends coach.
The full table of assistant coach salaries for the 2023 season:
|Coach||Title||2022 Salary||2023 Salary||Increase||Contract End|
|JIM KNOWLES||DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS COACH||$1,900,000||$1,957,000||$57,000||2025|
|BRIAN HARTLINE||OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/WIDE RECEIVERS COACH||$950,000||$1,600,000||$650,000||2026|
|LARRY JOHNSON||ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE LINE COACH||$1,133,000||$1,166,990||$33,990||2024|
|JUSTIN FRYE||RUN GAME COORDINATOR/OFFENSIVE LINE COACH||$800,000||$1,000,000||$200,000||2024|
|TIM WALTON||DEFENSIVE PASS GAME COORDINATOR/SECONDARY COACH||$700,000||$1,000,000||$300,000||2025|
|TONY ALFORD||ASST. HEAD COACH FOR OFFENSE/RUNNING BACKS COACH||$750,000||$772,500||$22,500||2024|
|PERRY ELIANO||SAFETIES COACH||$500,000||$515,000||$15,000||2024|
|PARKER FLEMING||SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR||$300,000||$500,000||$200,000||2025|
|COREY DENNIS||QUARTERBACKS COACH||$400,000||$412,000||$12,000||2024|
|KEENAN BAILEY||TIGHT ENDS COACH||$150,000||$400,000||$250,000||2025|
In total, Ohio State will pay its 10 full-time assistant coaches $9.323 million in 2023. By comparison, Alabama will pay its 10 assistant coaches $9.17 million this year.
All of Ohio State’s assistant coaches are also eligible for bonuses based on team accomplishments. Each coach will receive a bonus equivalent to 8.5% of their respective salaries for a Big Ten division title with an additional 4.25% for a Big Ten Championship Game win. That bonus increases to 17% if the Buckeyes make a New Year’s Six game, 21.25% if the Buckeyes make the College Football Playoff semifinals and 25.5% if the Buckeyes make the national championship game.
Ohio State also released contract details for several other staffers on Thursday, including new graduate assistant linebackers coach James Laurinaitis, who will make significantly more than the typical graduate assistant with a salary of $142,000.
Todd Fitch will be paid $250,000 in 2023 after being promoted to senior advisor/analyst, while general manager Mark Pantoni will be paid $334,750. Chief of staff Quinn Tempel will be paid $260,000 while associate athletic director of football operations Brian Voltolini will be paid $258,358.