Wednesday the Florida Gators released the contracts for their 10 assistant coaches. Gator Country detailed the contracts of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Co-Offensive coordinators Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy.
The other seven coaches, including special teams coordinator/running backs coach Greg Knox were also made available.
The total sum (not including extra bonuses and stipends) for the coaches is $10.79 million dollars over the length of the contracts. In 2017 the Gators will pay their assistant coaches a total of $4.74 million dollars. That’s roughly a $785,000 increase from last year, granted there are now 10 assistant coaches as to the nine that were allowed per NCAA rules in 2017.
All of the assistant coaches with the exception of Todd Grantham agreed to two-year contracts with Florida’s Athletic Association (UAA). All of the coaches are to receive a $10,000 stipend in accordance with Florida’s contract with Nike.
Sal Sunseri has spent more than three decades coaching football at both the collegiate and professional levels. He spent last season with the Oakland Raiders but his last collegiate job was one year with FSU in 2014. Sunseri, like Knox, signed a two-year deal that pays him the same amount in both years. Sunseri will make $565,000 in both years of his deal, outside of any additional benefits.
Knox, along with his title as special teams coordinator, is the next highest paid of the remaining assistants. An assistant coach in the collage ranks for nearly 30 years Knox will be compensated a base salary of $440,000 dollars.
Quarterback coach Brian Johnson was once the youngest offensive coordinator in the country when he became the OC at Utah at just 24 years of age. His loyalty to his former position coach, Mullen, as well as the opportunity to coach under Mullen and at Florida led him to leave a job as offensive coordinator at Houston to join Florida. Johnson will make $415,000 to tutor Florida’s quarterbacks this season.
After three years away from coaching Ron English got back into the game as the defensive coordinator at San Jose State before he joined Mullen at Mississippi State in 2017. English again followed Mullen to Florida where he will be compensated $340,000 in 2017.
The next two coached joined Florida after time in Tennessee. Both Charlton Warren and Larry Scott were dismissed after Butch Jones was fired during the season. Tennessee will still be paying each coach, so their compensation in 2018 reflects that before sizeable increases in 2019. Scott will make $190,000 in 2018 before his salary jumps to $415,000 in 2019. Warren will also make $190,000 in 2018 before a jump to $390,000 in 2019.
Linebackers Christian Robinson is the youngest coach on staff and he is in his first real job at the college level. Robinson graduated Georgia in 2013 and became a graduate assistant for the 2013-14 season under his defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Robinson spent one year at Georgia, one at Ole Miss and one year again with Grantham at Mississippi State. Robinson will receive a base salary of $80,000 for his two years that he is under contract with the Gators.
Gators Assistant Salaries for 2018 (base salary, doesn’t include other benefits)
DC Todd Grantham – $1,390,000
OC Billy Gonzales – $565,000
OC John Hevesy – $565,000
DL Sal Sunseri – $565,000
ST/RB Greg Knox $440,000
QB Brian Johnson – $415,000
S Ron English – $340,000
TE Larry Scott – $190,000 (increases to $415,000 in 2019)
CB Charlton Warren – $190,000 (increases to $390,000 in 2019)
LB Christian Robinson – $80,000