Boise State Football

Boise State ranks fourth in Group of Five in pay for football assistant coaches

Boise State safeties coach Gabe Franklin instructs players during practice at Albertsons Stadium.
Boise State safeties coach Gabe Franklin instructs players during practice at Albertsons Stadium. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

The Boise State football program spends the fourth-most money on assistant coach salaries among the schools in the Group of Five conferences, according to a database compiled by USA Today.

Boise State spends $2.085 million on assistant coaches (see breakdown at the bottom of this article, based on contracts obtained by the Idaho Statesman earlier this year).

Three American Athletic Conference schools spend more: Cincinnati ($2,326,250), UCF (2,325,000) and Houston ($2,105,000).

The Mountain West’s highest-paid assistant is Will Friend of Colorado State (offensive coordinator/offensive line) at $540,000. Jeff Horton of San Diego State (associate head coach/offensive coordinator/running backs) is second at $317,180. Boise State defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Andy Avalos is third at $315,000.

The database shows a significant gap in pay between the American/Mountain West and Sun Belt/Mid-American/Conference USA in the Group of Five. The top salary pools in those last three conferences are $1,074,000 (MAC, Western Michigan), $1,241,100 (Sun Belt, Arkansas State) and $1,371,050 (C-USA, Florida International). Every reporting member of the Mountain West and American spends more than those three schools except for South Florida and San Jose State.

For an idea how much different the money is in the Power Five, Washington State’s assistants make $2,742,000. Chris Petersen’s staff at Washington makes $4,678,040.

Here’s how Mountain West schools stack up:

Boise State: $2,085,119

Colorado State: $1,844,000

San Diego State: $1,741,708

Fresno State: $1,700,000

Wyoming: $1,587,612

Nevada: $1,524,605

UNLV: $1,474,532

New Mexico: $1,459,875

Utah State: $1,452,320

San Jose State: $1,278,036

Hawaii: Not reported

Air Force: Not reported

Boise State assistants

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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