All eight of the University of Wisconsin’s returning assistant coaches received pay raises this offseason following the Badgers’ 13-win season.
According to documents released to the State Journal on Wednesday via open records request, new annual salaries include $425,000 for special teams coach Chris Haering, $400,000 for wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore and defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield, $375,000 for inside linebackers coach Bob Bostad and running backs coach John Settle and $175,000 for tight ends coach Mickey Turner. The new salary figures were first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Haering, Gilmore, Breckterfield, Bostad and Settle earned a $75,000 increase from 2017, while Turner saw a $25,000 bump, per the documents.
Defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard and offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, whose updated compensation agreements were released by UW last month, also received raises.
Leonhard, a candidate for high-profile jobs throughout the coaching carousel this offseason, earned the biggest increase. He now makes $795,200 annually, up from $600,000, and will receive $500,000 in retention bonuses over the next three years. Rudolph now earns $720,200, up from $650,000, and is set to earn $150,000 in retention bonuses over the next three years.
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The annual salary of UW’s eight returning assistant coaches increased by $665,400, not including retention bonuses, and head coach Paul Chryst also earned a $550,000 raise and will make $3.75 million this year.
New outside linebackers coach Bobby April III will make $300,000 annually, while recently-promoted quarterbacks coach Jon Budmayr will earn $150,000.
Per 2017 numbers from USA Today’s assistant coach salary database, the Badgers’ total assistant coach pay — which has now jumped above $4 million — could rank as high as third in the Big Ten this season behind Michigan and Ohio State, although it’s possible Iowa, Nebraska or Michigan State still remain above UW.
The Badgers ranked seventh among Big Ten programs on the list last season, which does not include Penn State and Northwestern — universities that are not required to release such information.