Gators’ assistant coaches get a pay raise

The Florida Gators were winners on the field in 2019 and their coaching staff were winners off of it.

The Orland Sentinel reported that eight assistants, including strength and conditioning coordinator Nick Savage, received raises in February. In total the raises add $490,000 to the Florida coaching staff budget, bring Dan Mullen’s assistant coaching pool to $6.185 Million.

The biggest jump was linebackers coach Christian Robinson. Robinson was hired in 2017 and given an $80,000 salary in his first season. He got a small bump before the 2019 season but his salary jumps to $290,000 (a $175,000 raise). Robinson is only 30 years old and at the beginning of what will be a long, successful coaching career.

Robinson may have had the biggest pay bump but the biggest news is Brian Johnson going from quarterback coach to offensive coordinator/quarterback coach. Dan Mullen calls plays on Saturday, but for the better part of the last decade, it has been Mullen as the head coach with John Hevesy and Billy Gonzales as co-offensive coordinators. Gonzales and Hevesy have been named running and passing game coordinators, respectfully. Johnson also gets a $100,000 pay increase to match his new title, bringing his yearly compensation to $540,000 a year. Hevesy and Gonzales received raises of $30,000, bringing their total compensation to $620,000 a year.

Florida’s newest coach, Tim Brewster, will hold the title of Assistant Head coach/tight ends coach. Brewster, who has been coaching longer than Christian Robinson has been alive, will make $485,000.

Nick Savage gets a lot of well-deserved credit in terms of how quickly the Gators have been able to turn things around. Savage received a $150,000 raise to bring his yearly compensation to $450,000 and he also received a $75,000 signing bonus. Savage is so critical to Mullen’s program, expect him to continue to secure raises as long as the Gators keep winning games.

Florida Gators Assistant Coach Salaries:
Offensive Coordinator/ quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson: $540,000 ($100,000 raise)
Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham: $1,79 million
Assistant Head Coach/tight ends Tim Brewster: $485,000
Passing Game Coordinator/ Receivers Billy Gonzales: $620,000 ($30,000 raise)
Running Game Coordinator/ Offensive line John Hevesy: $620,000 ($30,000 raise)
Running backs Coach / Special Teams & Recruiting Coordinator Greg Knox: $485,000 ($45,000 raise)
Defensive Line Coach David Turner: $465,000 ($100,000 raise)
Linebackers Coach Christian Robinson: $290,000 ($175,000 raise)
Cornerbacks Coach Torrian Gray: $450,000 ($10,000 raise)
Safeties Coach: Ron English: $440,000
Director of Strength and Conditioning Nick Savage: $450,000 ($150,000 raise + a $75,000 signing bonus)

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC