COLUMBUS — Keeping an elite and successful coaching staff at Ohio State comes with a high price tag.
Four Buckeyes assistant coaches received raises this offseason following the program’s fourth-consecutive Big Ten Championship and first berth in the national championship game since 2014, according to contracts and salaries Ohio State released to Lettermen Row on Wednesday.
Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson will now make $1.4 million, the same amount as defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs. Secondary coach Matt Barnes, wide receivers coach Brian Hartline and linebackers coach Al Washington each are paid $600,000.
Washington’s deal is a new, two-year contract. He was close to taking a defensive coordinator job at Tennessee this offseason, opting to stay and enter his third season with Ohio State. He came to Ohio State in 2019 from Michigan, helping overhaul the defense which finished the season fourth in the country in total defense. The linebackers unit was a strength of the 2020 roster with four seniors. This year’s linebackers room currently has no returning starters and had to relay on long-snapper at times in the Buckeyes spring game.
Wilson is getting his bump after making $1.2 million last year. He and Ryan Day came to Ohio State together back in 2017, taking co-offensive coordinator duties. Together the two have revamped the Buckeyes offense. Last season, Ohio State’s offense ranked seventh in yards per game.
Barnes made $450,000, Hartline was paid $550,000 and Washington took in $515,000 in 2020.
New Buckeyes special teams coordinator, Parker Fleming, will make $300,00 in his first season as an assistant coach. He previously served as a quality control coach with the Buckeyes. He nows make the same amount as quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis. The two are the lowest-paid assistants on Ryan Day’s staff.
Running backs coach Tony Alford didn’t receive a raise this offseason, however, he’s now under contract through the 2023 season with the signing of a new, two-year contract extension. Coombs, Dennis, defensive line coach Larry Johnson and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa will make the same amount this season for the program.