Oregon State increases assistant football coaching salary pool to $4.335 million for 2022 season


The 2022 salary pool for Oregon State assistant football coaches has jumped nearly nine percent and several coaches are receiving sizable increases this upcoming season.

The school recently awarded each of the assistants and strength coach Mike McDonald two-year deals that run through the 2023 season. The salary pool for 2022 is $4.335 million, an increase of $340,000 from 2021. The salary pool for 2023 increases to $4.66 million.

The new contracts were obtained through a public records request by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The highest paid assistant coach is offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, who will earn $775,000 in 2022, an increase of $75,000. Lindgren’s contract calls for $800,000 in 2023.

The largest increases went to offensive line coach Jim Michalczik and McDonald, each receiving a $100,000 salary bump from 2021. Michalczik receives $575,000 in 2022, and $600,000 in 2023. McDonald’s contract calls for $400,000 in 2022 and 2023.

First-year defensive coordinator Trent Bray will be paid $550,000 in 2022, and $600,000 in 2023. Bray made $325,000 as inside linebackers coach last season. Tim Tibesar, fired as Oregon State’s DC last November, was paid $600,000 in 2021.

Brian Wozniak (tight ends), Jake Cookus (special teams), Blue Adams (defensive backs) and Kefense Hynson (receivers) were awarded $50,000 increases. Running backs coach A.J. Steward was given a $25,000 increase, while defensive line coach Legi Suiaunoa’s salary remains the same for 2022, but increases by $20,000 in 2023.

Here are the salaries (2022, 2023):

Lindgren: $775,000, $800,000

Michalczik: $575,000, $600,000

Bray: $550,000, $600,000

McDonald: $400,000, $400,000

Hynson: $350,000, $375,000

Adams: $325,000, $335,000

Suiaunoa: $325,000, $345,000

Cookus: $300,000, $320,000

Steward: $270,000, $300,000

Wozniak: $250,000, $270,000

First-year cornerbacks coach Anthony Perkins was hired in January, with a salary of $215,000 this season and $240,000 in 2023.

In addition, Lindgren and Bray earn a $15,000 bonus if Oregon State plays in a bowl game, while the remaining assistants get $10,000. The buyouts for all assistants should they leave OSU prior to the end of their contract is $50,000, unless they take a job at a Pac-12 school. In that case, it’s $75,000, or $100,000 for Lindgren and Bray.

Head coach Jonathan Smith agreed to new six-year, $22.6 million contract last November.

–Nick Daschel | ndaschel@oregonian.com | @nickdaschel

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