Florida gives assistant coaches raises

Florida hasn’t always been known for paying top dollar to its assistant coaches, but it looks like that could be changing in some areas.

New defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who came to Florida after spending time at South Carolina, will receive a raise at Florida per Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun.

Lawing will now make $390,000 a year which is $90,000 more than he made South Carolina last year. His contract runs through the 2015 season.

If Lawing is still on the job on January 31st, 2016 he will get a $50,000 retention bonus, plus he received a $50,000 signing bonus.

New defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin will also receive a nice pay raise this coming year. He signed a one year contract according to Andreu of the Sun.

Durkin will now make $490,000 a year, compared to the $340,000 a year he made as a linebacker and special teams coach.

The $490,000 is down a little from the $510,000 a year that former defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, made last year.

New receiver coach, Joker Phillips, signed a contract that will run through the 2014 season and will earn him $265,000 a year according to Andreu of the Sun.

The $265,000 contract by Phillips is up $35,000 from what former receiver coach Aubrey Hill was making before he resigned last fall.

Outside of their contracts each coach also has a $10,000 bonus from a Nike contract and the use of a car while at Florida.

If the Gators reach the SEC Championship game each coach receives a 10 percent increase and if the team reaches the BCS National Championship game they receive up to a 30 percent increase.

Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun obtained this information via an open records request to the University.

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Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.