The Kentucky football team made its final staff contract adjustments public Tuesday and formally added an assistant coach of strength and conditioning.
The new deals for recently promoted co-defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley and outside linebackers coach Andy Buh bring the Cats’ assistant coaching salaries to $3.48 million next season.
Ansley’s promotion bumps him to $375,000, a $100,000 increase from his previous deal, and retains him through June 30, 2019.
Buh’s new contract increases his first-year salary from $200,000 per season to $325,000 a season as of June 1. The outside linebackers coach likely had his deal reconfigured based on severance pay he received from a previous employer.
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops’ original core group of nine assistant coaches made $2.43 million when it was hired in 2013, but that number will jump by $1.05 million. That does not include severance pay the university will owe on the contracts of recently dismissed coaches Shannon Dawson and Tommy Mainord.
Part of the increase includes the hiring of two new offensive coaches in Eddie Gran ($650,000) and Darin Hinshaw ($400,000), who were hired to replace Dawson and Mainord.
There also was an increase in pay ($25,000) for recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince Marrow, per his renegotiated deal at this time last season. His newest deal has built-in increases on a yearly basis.
Joker Phillips’ staff made a combined $2.18 million in its final season.
Kentucky’s defensive coaches will make a combined $1.525 million, and its offensive coaches will make a combined $1.955 million next season
In a recent interview, Ansley said maintaining staff continuity is critical. Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, wide receivers (formerly running backs) coach Chad Scott, offensive line coach John Schlarman, defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, Marrow and Ansley remain from Stoops’ original staff.
“On any side of the ball you want to make sure you speak the same language with people,” the new co-defensive coordinator said. “And you can go to any coaching staff around America, when coaches get jobs and they get new opportunities, they want to surround themselves with people that speak the same language and believe in some of the same things they believe in. That’s an easy transition.
“When you go outside of what you believe in and what you think, sometimes you have a little friction and a hard time getting those things ironed out. So continuity’s big, as far as the players sticking around and the coaching staff sticking around.”
UK hired a new assistant coach of the strength and conditioning program.
Mark Hill, who has been at Indiana since 2011, will make $200,000 per year. As with most support staff, Hill has a one-year deal that ends on June 30, 2017.
Hill’s salary is only $4,000 less than that of head strength and conditioning coach Corey Edmond, but the terms of his contract could be altered soon. Hill replaces Tony Sandoval, UK’s assistant strength and conditioning coach last year.
Hill was a three-year starting wide receiver for Chattanooga. The All-Southern Conference player finished his career with 100 catches for 1,329 yards.
Hill was an associate director of performance enhancement at Arizona from 2004-06. Stoops was defensive coordinator there from 2004-09. Hill also was assistant strength and conditioning director at Oklahoma from 2000-03.
Kentucky football assistant coach contracts
Eddie Gran — Assistant head coach of the offense/running backs coach ($650,000 per year through June 30, 2019)
D.J. Eliot — Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach ($575,000 / June 30, 2018)
Darin Hinshaw — Quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator ($400,000 / June 30, 2018)
Vince Marrow — Tight ends coach ($375,000 / June 30, 2018)
Derrick Ansley — Defensive backs coach ($375,000 / June 30, 2019)
Andy Buh — Linebackers coach ($325,000 / June 30, 2018)
Chad Scott — Wide receivers coach ($275,000 / June 30, 2017)
John Schlarman — Offensive line coach ($250,000 / June 30, 2017)
Jimmy Brumbaugh — Defensive line coach ($250,000 / June 30, 2017)