Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart now highest paid assistant coach in UA history

Adrienne Burch

Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is now the highest paid assistant coach in University of Alabama history. Smart will earn $1.15 million in year one of his new contract, a $200,000 increase from his previous salary, and then $1.35 million in years two and three of his contract, an additional $200,000 increase.

The Board of Trustees approved new contracts for Alabama head and assistant coaches during a conference call on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

Head coach Nick Saban did not receive a raise. His salary remains $5.6 million per year after his raise around this same time last year.

The only change made to Saban’s contract was the adjusting of bonus amounts for post-season appearances because of the new BCS playoff system to begin in 2014. He will make $200,000 for making the BCS semi-finals, $300,000 for playing in the championship game and $400,000 for winning the title.

Smart’s contract was also extended for an additional year until Feb. 28, 2016. He was linked to the Auburn, Tennessee and Arkansas head coach openings after last season, but Smart chose to stay at Alabama.

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier received a raise from $590,000 to $680,000.

New offensive line coach Mario Cristobal was the only new coaching contract approved. Cristobal is the former head coach at Florida International University. He will earn $475,000 per year on a two year contract.

Lance Thompson, outside linebackers coach, will now earn $400,000 per year, which is a $25,000 raise. Tight ends/ special teams coach Bobby Williams will also earn $400,000 per year, which is a $50,000 raise.

Defensive line coach Chris Rumph received a $40,000 raise from $310,000 to $360,000 per year. Strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran receive a $25,000 raise from $325,000 to $350,000 per year and running back coach Burton Burns received a $25,000 raise from $290,000 to $315,000 per year.

Secondary coach Greg Brown did not receive a raise, and his salary will remain $300,000 per year. Secondary coach William Napier will receive $300,000 in year one of his contract and $325,000 in his second year.

Kevin Steele, director of player personnel, will receive $200,000 per year.