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Tech to pay defensive coordinator $425,000

Salary pool for assistants unchanged from 2012

Posted: February 4, 2013 - 6:19pm  |  Updated: February 5, 2013 - 1:17am
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Texas Tech will pay its assistant football coaches the same amount next season as last season, and new defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt will make the most of any assistant on either staff, according to a document released by the university.

The salary pool for both staffs is $2.125 million. The Avalanche-Journal obtained the information via an open records request.

New Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury hired Wallerstedt from Texas A&M after the two worked together on the Aggies’ staff in 2012. Wallerstedt, who was linebackers coach for the Aggies, will make $425,000 as the Red Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive coordinator, for a total of nine years, at Wyoming, North Alabama and Air Force.

The highest paid assistant on Tommy Tuberville’s last Tech staff was offensive coordinator Neal Brown at $400,000.

Mike Smith, hired off the New York Jets’ staff to be the Red Raiders’ co-defensive coordinator, will make $240,000. Trey Haverty, hired from TCU to be the Red Raiders’ safeties and special teams coach, will make $235,000.

All of Kingsbury’s new offensive assistants will be paid virtually the same amount. New running backs coach Mike Jinks will make $215,000 while co-offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Eric Morris and offensive line coach Lee Hays will make $210,000 apiece.

Kingsbury hired Jinks away from Cibolo Steele, where he had a 76-18 record and led one of the state’s most successful high school programs in recent years.

Hays has been an offensive coordinator at West Texas A&M, Baylor and Tarleton State.

Cumbie is the only holdover from 2012. With his promotion from inside receivers coach to co-offensive coordinator, Cumbie received a $50,000 raise.

Tuberville’s defensive coaches joined him at Cincinnati. Brown, running backs coach Chad Scott and wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord all were hired at Kentucky.

Chris Thomsen was hired to coach running backs at Arizona State. He was the Red Raiders’ offensive line coach last season and served as interim head coach for Tech’s victory over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

Here are salaries for Texas Tech’s 2013 football staff and how they compare to the pay for the 2012 staff.

2013 STAFF

Matt Wallerstedt, defensive coordinator, $425,000

Mike Smith, co-defensive coordinator, $240,000

Trey Haverty, safeties/special teams, $235,000

Mike Jinks, running backs, $215,000

Sonny Cumbie, co-offensive coordinator, $210,000

Eric Morris, co-offensive coordinator, $210,000

Lee Hays, offensive line, $210,000

Kevin Curtis, cornerbacks, $205,000

John Scott, defensive line, $175,000

Total: $2,125,000

2012 STAFF

Neal Brown, offensive coordinator, $400,000

Art Kaufman, defensive coordinator, $350,000

Chris Thomsen, offensive line, $250,000

Robert Prunty, defensive ends, $250,000

Chad Scott, running backs, $200,000

John Lovett, defensive backs, $172,500

Fred Tate, defensive line, $172,500

Tommy Mainord, wide receivers, $170,000

Sonny Cumbie, inside receivers, $160,000

Total: $2,125,000

Coaching dollars

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Wow....didn't realize Cumbie was getting the shaft under the prior regime.



Cumbie was just a position coach previously, he got a rather sizeable promotion to come with that 50k.

Keep in mind, there is 1 less coordinator to pay for with this staff, so more money to go around.



It seems strange to me that the defensive coordinator of a football team makes more than the president of the university. I guess his responsibilities are much greater. Especially since his season is three months long versus twelve months for the president.

Look how well it worked when Tuber hired Glasgow at $400K a year. We sure got our moneys worth.

Maybe we need to pay lower salaries and a bonus depending on how we do.



Your not attracting any sort of quality Defensive Coord at under 400k, you just aren't.

Coaches have a market rate, and you either pay it or you dont. If you dont pay it you dont get good coaches. And by that i mean much worse than glasgow.

Also who said the DC only works 3 months? They are literally flying around the country recruiting almost every single day. During the off season months, they may be home 90 days total.


Not a true picture of salaries

Understand what the AJ has listed is only their base salary from TTU. It does not include any endorsements, money they get from teaching camps, bonuses from bowls, perks of being a coach (car program, country club memberships, clothing).

Yes coaches salaries are getting high, but remember if they ever get fired it could take awhile to get another coaching job and they hopefully save some money for that occasion.


Support staff salaries

Well, there seems to be a few salaries missing on the budgets above. How about the low 5 figure salaries of those who keep the world turning beneath the whigs? It would be nice, after 20+ years for support staff to reap some of the benefits that our coaches and faculty receive. :)

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