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Here’s how much Boise State football assistants make this year — and how that compares

Boise State cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose joined the staff in 2016, after the departure of former defensive coordinator Marcel Yates.
Boise State cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose joined the staff in 2016, after the departure of former defensive coordinator Marcel Yates. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

While its Mountain West competitors have increased their investment in football in recent years, Boise State still outpaces its rivals in money spent on assistant football coaches.

Boise State’s nine assistant coaches will make $2.085 million under their contracts that cover the 2017 season — topped by defensive coordinator Andy Avalos’ $315,016.

The next-highest salary pool for assistants last year in the Mountain West belonged to Colorado State at $1.846 million, according to USA Today.

However, Colorado State has the conference’s highest-paid assistant: offensive coordinator Will Friend, who made $534,450 last year. Friend previously was the offensive line coach at Georgia, where total spending on assistant coaches was $4.675 million last year. That likely was the reason for his unusual salary.

Avalos is the second-highest-paid assistant in the Mountain West, based on last year’s numbers. In fact, Boise State had four of the seven highest-paid assistants in the conference last season.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin makes $1.55 million this season and is under contract through at least 2021, with $100,000 raises each season. His contract automatically extends another season if the Broncos (5-2) win eight games. His 2017 salary is matched by Colorado State’s Mike Bobo and Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford in the Mountain West. Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich is the Mountain West’s lowest-paid coach at $402,102.

Harsin, a former Boise State quarterback, took a contract well below the standard set by predecessor Chris Petersen. Petersen was tracking toward a $3 million salary by 2017 if he had stayed with the Broncos.

However, Harsin negotiated a pool for assistant coach salaries into his contract that was near the same level as under Petersen. Assistant total pay under Harsin has been $2.05 million in 2014, $2.105 million in 2015, $2.04 million in 2016 and $2.085 million in 2017. The decrease from 2015 to 2016 was the result of coordinators Eliah Drinkwitz and Marcel Yates leaving and being replaced by less-experienced coaches.

The Broncos’ pool for assistants ranked fifth among the Group of Five conference schools last year, behind Houston, Memphis, Cincinnati and Central Florida of the American. The pool ranked first in 2014.

You can see the salaries for 2016 and 2017 below. The salaries for 2014-15 are available here.

Coach

2017

2016

Andy Avalos, defensive coordinator

$315,016

$305,012

Zak Hill, QBs/offensive coordinator

$285,002

$215,010

Eric Kiesau, wide receivers

$185,016

NA

Kent Riddle, special teams/tight ends

$275,018

$275,018

Lee Marks, running backs

$145,018

$135,013

Brad Bedell, offensive line

$225,015

NA

Steve Caldwell, defensive line

$250,016

$240,012

Ashley Ambrose, cornerbacks

$210,018

$200,013

Gabe Franklin, safeties

$195,000

$185,016

Junior Adams, wide receivers

NA

$200,013

Scott Huff, offensive line/co-OC

NA

$285,002

Total

$2,085,119

$2,040,109

Notes: Avalos and Hill are signed through the 2018 season. Riddle is in the second year of a two-year contract. Hill was promoted from co-offensive coordinator to offensive coordinator in 2017. Adams (Western Kentucky) and Huff (Washington) left the program after the 2016 season. They were replaced by Kiesau and Bedell.

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