Alabama approves contracts for new hires, raises for returning coaches


The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System met virtually Monday to approve the contracts for new coaching hires Bill O’Brien, Doug Marrone, Robert Gillespie and Jay Valai, as well as to approve pay raises for the five returning assistants and other staff members.

Defensive coordinator Pete Golding saw a bump in pay from $1.225 million to $1.5 million, and that salary will increase over the course of his contract (through 2024) to $1.7 million in its final year. Last season, the Crimson Tide’s defense ranked first in the SEC in scoring defense (19.4 points per game) and third in rushing defense, passing defense and total defense.

On offense, Bill O’Brien was added as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and will earn $1.1 million over the course of his two-year contract (through 2023). Now the head coach at Texas, Steve Sarkisian ended his time at Alabama with a $2.5 million salary. In addition to O’Brien, UA approved contracts for Doug Marrone, Robert Gillespie and Jay Valai. 

Nick Saban’s on-field coaching staff is still incomplete, however, as Jay Graham resigned after less than two months since being hired as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. But as the staff currently stands, it is set to earn a combined $7.825 million next year. That is down $1.025 million from last season’s football coaching staff, which earned $8.85 million.

In addition to the nine assistants, the Board of Trustees also approved new deals for UA staff members David Ballou, Dr. Matt Rhea, Jeff Allen and Bob Welton. The contract extension and raise for Alabama men’s basketball head coach Nate Oats, which will run through March of 2027, was approved, as was the contract for swimming and diving coach Margo Geer. 

“I wanna be here, so I don’t really care what the buyout is for me to leave here,” Oats said in February. “They’re guaranteeing me a lot of money, so if they wanna make me pay a lot to leave, I don’t really care because I’m not planning on leaving. They made them both high. It shows their commitment to me, it shows our commitment as a family to this university, this administration, this city, this state. We love it here. We wanna be here a long time. So you can put the buyout at whatever you want, if I’m not leaving it’s not gonna get paid.”

Below is a full list of new contracts for assistant football coaches and staff members:

Jeff Allen -- $250,000 to $270,000 through Feb. 29, 2024 (up from $235,000)

David Ballou -- $525,000 to $550,000 through Feb. 28, 2023

Robert Gillespie -- $535,000 through Feb. 28, 2023

Pete Golding -- $1.5 million to $1.7 million through Feb. 29, 2024 (up from $1.225 million)

Charles Kelly -- $825,000 through Feb. 28, 2023

Doug Marrone -- $755,000 to $900,000 through Feb. 28, 2023

Bill O'Brien -- $1.1 million through Feb. 28, 2023

Matt Rhea -- $475,000 to $500,000 through Feb. 28, 2023

Freddie Roach -- $720,000 through Feb. 29, 2024 (up from $700,000)

Sal Sunseri -- $695,000 to Feb. 28, 2023 (up from $675,000)

Jay Valai -- $525,000 to $550,000 through Feb. 28, 2023

Bob Welton -- $225,000 through Feb. 28, 2023 (up from $220,000)

Holmon Wiggins -- $575,000 through Feb. 28, 2023 (up from $475,000)

Nate Oats -- $3.225 million through March 14, 2027

Margo Geer -- $150,000 through June 30, 2024

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