This off season, like many of the off seasons before it, Nick Saban was tasked with replacing a number of his assistant coaches. Included in those hires were new offensive and defensive coordinators.
For his defensive coordinator spot, Saban promoted co-defensive coordinator Pete Golding to the play calling spot, while on offense he elected to bring back familiar face Steve Sarkisian - who previously served as analyst and then offensive coordinator for the program for the 2016 national title game following the departure Lane Kiffin to FAU. Sark had spent the past few seasons as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons.
University of Alabama Board of Trustees Compensation Committee being asked to approve contracts for these football assistant coaches:
OC Steve Sarkisian, 3 yrs: $1.55M, $1.6M, $1.65M
DC Pete Golding, 3 yrs: $1.1M, $1.2M, $1.2M
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) March 20, 2019
" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Steve Berkowitz shared that the contracts for Sark, Golding, and the rest of the new hires are going to the board for approval. Rivals shares that the contracts have been approved.
Here's the breakdown.
Steve Sarkisian (OC)
$1.5m, $1.6m, $1.65m
Pete Golding (DC)
$1.1m, $1.2m, $1.2m
Charles Kelly (Safeties)
Brian Baker (Associate HC / DL)
Kyle Flood (OL)
Charles Huff (Associate HC / RBs)
Sal Suneri (OLBs)
Holmon Wiggins (WRs)
Golding made $650k last season coaching the inside linebackers, and will see his salary nearly double the first year with the additional play calling responsibilities that come with his promotion. At $1.5 million, Sark will make a bit more than Mike Locksley did last season ($1.2 million)
In addition to those numbers, Rivals points out that corners coach Karl Scott and special team's coordinator / tight ends coach Jeff Banks got new contracts, with Scott getting a bump from $350k annually to $525, and Banks' going from $267k to $541k to go with a raise to $650k next year.
Even with the crazy amount of turnover the Tide staff has seen over the last several years, working for Saban has always attracted the best and brightest coaches in the profession. It will be intriguing to see if these latest additions will be able to keep the Alabama train of success humming.
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