Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith will be working in 2016 on a one-year contract extension, while the rest of UW's returning staff received a two-year extension.
The Huskies last fall led the Pac-12 in scoring defense for the first time since 1991, and Washington’s defensive coaches have been rewarded with significant raises.
All of UW’s returning coaches have been given two-year contract extensions, with one notable exception: Offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith has been given just a one-year contract extension. The message is clear: The UW offense must improve in 2016 after finishing ninth in the conference in scoring in each of Smith’s first two seasons as the coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Already, UW coach Chris Petersen made one significant change to his offensive staff, firing wide receivers coach Brent Pease in December and hiring former Boise State quarterback Bush Hamdan as the new receivers coach.
Smith, like the other seven assistants who followed Petersen from Boise State to UW two years ago, originally signed a two-year deal with UW in January 2014. The new deal Smith signed is for one year with a base salary of $440,000, the same salary he earned in 2015.
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Pete Kwiatkowski, entering his third year as UW’s defensive coordinator, got a pay increase from $500,000 in 2015 to $600,000 as part of his new two-year deal. That puts him closer to some of the highest-paid coordinators in the conference. (Last month, Oregon gave Brady Hoke a three-year deal worth $600,000 annually.)
Defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, promoted to co-defensive coordinator in December, got a pay bump from $380,000 to $500,000 for 2016 as part of his new two-year extension.
Veteran linebackers coach Bob Gregory received a $50,000 pay raise to $490,000 for 2016. Gregory also replaces the departed Jeff Choate as UW’s special-teams coordinator starting this year.
New defensive line coach Ikaika Malloe will make a base salary of $280,000, and Hamdan’s salary is $295,000. Assistant coaches’ contracts also include bonuses for bowl appearances and student-athletes APR scores.
2016 base salaries for UW assistant coaches:
Pete Kwiatkowski: $600,004 (2015: $500,004)
Jimmy Lake: $500,004 (2015: $390,000)
Jonathan Smith: $440,000 (2016: $440,000)
Chris Strausser: $440,000 (2015: $440,000)
Bob Gregory: $490,000 (2015: $440,000)
Keith Bhonapha: $280,008 (2015: $265,008)
Jordan Paopao: $215,004 (2015: $190,008)
Ikaika Malloe: $280,000
Bush Hamdan: $295,000