AMES – Iowa State’s assistant football coaches will earn a higher combined salary than their predecessors under former head coach Gene Chizik, according to documents obtained by The Gazette.
The Cyclones’ nine first-year assistants have signed contracts paying them $1.385 million.
Chizik’s staff was to be paid just under $1.35 million during its final year. The coach left for Auburn last December and was replaced by Paul Rhoads.
All of Chizik’s coaches also are no longer with the program.
Rhoads’ top assistants, coordinators Wally Burnham (defense) and Tom Herman (offense), predictably are the highest paid of ISU’s new coaches.
Burnham, who comes to ISU after nine seasons as South Florida’s defensive coordinator, has a two-year contract worth $275,000 annually, a $55,000-a-year raise from what he made at USF.
It also is more than the $257,500 paid to Chizik’s defensive coordinator, Wayne Bolt.
Burnham’s South Florida teams finished in the top 30 in total defense six of the past seven years. He coached previously at South Carolina and Florida State, winning a national championship with the Seminoles in 1993.
“This is my last job,” Burnham, 67, said during a February interview. “I told Paul I’m going to coach as long as I can coach and my health holds up and the kids still respond. I’m expecting to be here a long time and win a lot of games.”
Herman negotiated a three-year contract through the 2011 season, worth $250,000 a year.
Robert McFarland, ISU’s offensive coordinator the previous two seasons, was paid $283,250.
Herman comes from Rice, where the Owls’ wide-open offense set all kinds of records during Herman’s stay. The 33-year-old has never worked professionally outside the state of Texas.
He was a graduate assistant at Texas in 1999 and 2000 under Mack Brown and knows the Big 12 Conference well.
“We might have to do things different than Texas or Oklahoma, but nonetheless I think there’s ample opportunity to succeed here,” Herman said shortly after taking the job.
ISU’s other seven coaches are working under one-year deals. Each makes at least $100,000.
Assistant head coach Bill Bleil and Secondary coach Chris Ash are the highest-paid position coaches at $150,000 a year.
Strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight has a two-year contract worth $140,000 per year. That is a bump in pay from Chizik’s strength coach Ken Sheppard, who was paid $113,300.
Rhoads has a five-year contract worth $5.75 million, an average of $1.15 million per year. He will make $950,000 his first season.
Paul Rhoads’ coaching staff, 2009-10 salary
Wally Burnham, Def. Coordinator/Linebackers, $275,000
Tom Herman, Off. Coordinator/Quarterbacks, $250,000
Bill Bleil, Offensive line/Asst. head coach, $150,000
Chris Ash, Secondary/Recruiting coordinator, $150,000
Courtney Messingham, Tight ends, $120,000
Kenith Pope, Running backs, $120,000
Curtis Bray, Defensive line, $120,000
Shane Burnham, Defensive tackles, $100,000
Luke Wells, Receivers, $100,000
*Yancy McKnight, Strength and Conditioning , $140,000
Gene Chizik’s coaching staff, 2008-09 salary
Robert McFarland, Off. Coordinator, $283,250
Wayne Bolt, Def. coordinator, $257,500
Tony Petersen, Quarterbacks, $159,650
Jay Boulware, Running backs /Special teams, $133,900
Scott Fountain, Tight ends/Recruiting coordinator, $113,300
Mike Pelton, Defensive line, $113,300
Shawn Raney, Secondary $113,300
Jay Rodgers, Receivers, $92,700
Jeff Koonz, Secondary, $82,400
*Ken Sheppard, Strength & Conditioning, $113,300
*NOTE: Strength and Conditioning coaches are not included among the nine full-time assistant coaches allowed under NCAA rules. Their salaries are not included in the combined total used in this story.