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Coaching salaries are rising across college football — and those in the weight room are no exception.
According to USA TODAY Sports’ annual survey of strength coach pay, nine Football Bowl Subdivision strength and conditioning coaches are making $400,000 or more in 2017, nearly twice as many as last year (five). Iowa’s Chris Doyle again leads the group with an annual pay of $675,000, giving him a higher annual salary than 27 FBS head coaches.
Doyle, who is in his 19th season as the Hawkeyes’ head strength and conditioning coach, is also eligible to receive a $54,000 raise for 2018, according to his contract. Iowa’s nine full-time assistants, strength coach, top assistant strength coach and director of football operations each receive an automatic 8% raise if the team wins seven games, plays in a bowl game and achieves a graduation success rate of 67.5%.
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Doyle’s salary is indicative of the value that college football programs continue to place on their strength and conditioning staffs, who oversee conditioning workouts and monitor the team during offseason periods when interaction with the on-field coaching staff is limited by the NCAA.
“Can you develop relationships in this role? Absolutely. Can you have an impact? Absolutely. And can you leave a legacy? Yeah,” Doyle told The Des Moines Register this year. “To me, that’s why strength and conditioning intrigues me, and why it’s the greatest job in the world.”
Though six of the 11 highest-paid strength coaches in the country are in the SEC, the top two — Doyle and Ohio State’s Mickey Marotti — are both in the Big Ten. Marotti is making $562,440 in total pay in 2017. Alabama’s Scott Cochran, who is due to make $535,000 this season, is the only other strength coach to make more than half a million.
Six other strength coaches — Clemson’s Joey Batson, Oklahoma State’s Rob Glass, Texas’ Yancy McKnight, UCLA’s Sal Alosi, LSU’s Tommy Moffitt and South Carolina’s Jeff Dillman — are marking $400,000 or more.
Bonuses in strength coaches’ contracts are also rising, just like their head and assistant coaching counterparts. Thirteen strength coaches were eligible to make additional bonuses in excess of $100,000 this year, compared to nine a year ago.