Jay Norvell has signed a new 5-year contract to remain at Nevada through the 2024 season, the program announced Tuesday.
“I am appreciative of the support of the program shown by University president Marc Johnson and athletics director Doug Knuth,” Norvell said. “The commitment of higher compensation for our staff is an important piece of the further growth of our program. My family and I love living in Northern Nevada and I take great pride in being the head football coach at the University of Nevada. I’m excited for the future of our program!”
Norvell, 56, is 18-20 in three years in Reno. After a 3-9 start, Norvell’s Wolf Pack went 7-5 in each of the past two regular seasons; Nevada beat Arkansas State in the 2018 Arizona Bowl and lost to Ohio in the 2019 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The new contract increases Norvell’s salary to $625,000; he earned $500,000 in 2019. He was the lowest-paid head Mountain West head coach in 2019, earning less than a quarter of the $2.137 million Wyoming paid Craig Bohl. Nevada also agreed to increase Norvell’s assistant salary pool by $250,000; Norvell’s assistants made $1.472 million last year.
While not providing specific details, Nevada revealed that Norvell is eligible for bonuses for hitting the following benchmarks. Note the end: Norvell’s on-field bonuses would be wiped out if the Wolf Pack does not hit a minimum APR score.
The supplemental compensation includes performance bonuses for regular season victories, victories over UNLV, victories over power-five opponents, West Division championships and Mountain West championships, bowl game appearances, and coach of the year honors. It also includes performance bonuses for the program’s score in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate and cumulative team grade-point averages. The Wolf Pack football program must hit a minimum score in the APR for any athletic performance bonus to be awarded each year.
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