Assistant football coaches receive raises


WSU assistant coaches address the football team after the first spring practice on March 23.

From staff reports

Per Coach Mike Leach’s request, WSU Athletic Director Bill Moos increased the assistant football coach budget by $160,000 in the off-season and allowed Leach to allocate salary raises.

The increase in the total assistant coach salary pool from the 2016 season to the 2017 season is $145,000.

No state appropriations are used for coaching salaries, Associate Athletic Director Bill Stevens said.

Special Teams Coordinator Eric Mele and outside linebackers Coach Roy Manning received the largest raises at $30,000, increasing Mele’s salary to $231,500 and Manning’s to $301,500.

Before leaving for Oregon, Joe Salave’a, defensive line coach and associate head coach, would have made $400,000 per year. His successor, Jeff Phelps, will make $316,500.

Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch received a $25,000 raise, and five other assistant coaches received $15,000 raises.

Leach’s own raise is pending and Moos said the two will have a conversation to discuss it.

The WSU Athletics department spends less than other Pac-12 schools, Stevens said. The assistant coach salary pool will be about $2,750,000, which ranks WSU tenth in the Pac-12, he said.

“WSU Athletics does its best to offer a competitive salary to all coaching positions,” Stevens said.

The department’s ending carry forward balance in fiscal year 2016 was -$51 million, the only department in the university listed with a negative carry forward balance, according to the July 2016 carry forward report.

Reporting by Jessica Zhou and Rosemarie Blume