Washington State Athletic Director Bill Moos has given Mike Leach a well deserved $500,000 raise while also adding $500,000 to the assistant coach pool. In an article by The Spokesman-Review Jacob Thorpe gives more details of this new pay raise for the coaches.
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After starting to turn the Washington State football program around it is no surprise that both Leach and his assistants got this pay raise.
Leach’s salary will increase from $2.25 million to $2.75 million a year while defensive line coach Joe Salave’a will have a pay increase from $175,000 to $275,000 per year. Salave’a has been a huge part of the turn around and is wanted by other schools, not only in the PAC-12 but around the country.
Giving these coaches this raise that is well deserved is something that was not only coming but Moos also wanted to keep the coaches in the program and is also keeping their salaries near the top of the PAC-12. Leach is the third highest paid coach in the PAC-12 behind new Washington Head Coach Chris Peterson ($3.6 million) and UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora ($3.25 million), it should also be noted that private schools don’t have to provide salaries for their coaches so new USC Head Coach Steve Sarkisian and Stanford’s David Shaw are not known but are expected to be near the top of that list.
Washington State is only looking to improve on its previous seasons and is working on making it to the top of the PAC-12 North and will start that challenge August 28th against Rutgers in the annual Seattle Game.