After announcing in December it would reduce by 10% in 2021 the salaries of coaches making at least $115,000, Virginia Tech released Tuesday adjusted compensation figures for its football assistant coaching staff.
With the adjustments, which includes promoted linebackers coach Jack Tyler and newly-acquired co-defensive line coach and defensive recruiting coordinator J.C. Price, Virginia Tech’s total football assistant coaching staff compensation for 2021 will be $3.42 million, including the compensation of associate athletic director for football strength and conditioning Ben Hilgart. Before the 10% reductions, the total was going to be $3.8 million, including Hilgart’s compensation.
Defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton will continue to be the staff’s highest-paid assistant, earning $540,000 (he was slated to make $600,000 before the reductions). Offensive coordinator Brad Cornelsen will make $441,000 this year ($490,000 before the reductions).
Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach James Shibest is set to earn $427,500 ($475,000 pre-reductions). Defensive line coach Bill Teerlinck will be paid $360,000 ($400,000 prior to the reductions).
Offensive line coach Vance Vice is scheduled to make $270,000 ($300,000 before the cost-cutting measures). Wide receivers coach Jafar Williams will earn $252,000 ($280,000 before the reductions).
Running backs coach and offensive recruiting coordinator Adam Lechtenberg, cornerbacks coach and defensive passing game coordinator Ryan Smith and Price will each make $247,500 this year (all three were going to make $275,000 each before the reductions). Price joined Tech’s staff from Marshall early this month.
Tyler will earn $135,000 this year ($150,000 prior to the reduction). He was promoted earlier this month to linebackers coach after serving last season as Tech’s defensive quality control coach.
Hilgart will be paid $252,000 this year ($280,000 before the compensation was slashed).
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