Texas Tech coaches and players have mentioned many times lately how nice it is to have the same defensive coordinator in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2009.
They could be saying the same thing again next year.
Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt recently started the second year of a three-year contract he signed last August. Wallerstedt’s annual base salary — $425,000 — is the same for all three years.
“I just wanted there to be some consistency here on that side of the ball,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said last week. “For so long, they’d seen a guy leave, a guy leave, a guy leave. I just felt that (length of contract) would kind of promote that.”
The breakup of Mike Leach’s staff after the 2009 season started a carousel at the position. The Red Raiders’ defensive coordinators were James Willis in 2010, Chad Glasgow in 2011, Art Kaufman in 2012 and Wallerstedt in 2013.
And Wallerstedt is under contract through the 2015 season.
Kingsbury gained respect for his defensive chief coaching against him in Houston-Air Force matchups and with him at Texas A&M the year before they came to Tech.
“I trust him to handle the defense,” Kingsbury said. “That’s why I hired somebody with that experience. I have a heavy focus on the offense, obviously, coaching the quarterbacks and game planning. So I trust him and that staff with that, and I’m excited about the carryover from year one to year two and see what kind of improvement we’ve made.”
Wallerstedt’s buy-out stipulates he must pay Tech $25,000 to leave early for a job at another FBS program, and Tech must pay him 90 percent of his remaining deal to fire him without cause. Each Red Raiders assistant has the same buy-out clauses.
Wallerstedt’s $425,000 income last year ranked 14th among Big 12 assistants, according to a salary survey published in December by USA Today. It was outside the top 70 nationally.
A-J Media obtained the Tech football coaches’ contracts through an open-records request. Tech did not provide a contract for new special teams coach Darrin Chiaverini, although the holdover assistants signed their contracts just before the season opener last year.
Eric Morris, with his promotion to offensive coordinator, received a raise that takes him to $260,000 this year. He made $210,000 last year as co-offensive coordinator. Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. received a raise to $230,000 after being the lowest-paid full-time assistant last year at $175,000.
Each of the Red Raiders’ assistants also receives a courtesy car or car allowance.
All of Kingsbury’s holdover assistants except Wallerstedt are starting the second year of two-year contracts. All except Morris and Scott are making the same as last season.
Tech has not made any changes to the contract Kingsbury signed in February 2013, according to university associate general counsel Ronny Wall. Kingsbury has four years remaining on a contract that escalates by $100,000 annually and guarantees him $1.95 million this year.
Kingsbury and all his assistants received one month’s salary as a bonus for making the Holiday Bowl.
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Tech coaching salaries
Base salaries for Texas Tech football assistant coaches for the current year.
Matt Wallerstedt, $425,000
Eric Morris, $260,000
Mike Smith, $240,000
Trey Haverty, $235,000
John Scott Jr., $230,000
Mike Jinks, $215,000
Kevin Curtis, $210,000
Lee Hays, $210,000
Notes: Each assistant also receives a courtesy car or car allowance and a bonus of one month’s pay for a bowl game or two months’ pay for a College Football Playoff game or three months’ pay for a national championship.
Tech did not provide a contract for new assistant coach Darin Chiaverini.