On the heels of a season in which the Virginia football team improved its win total by four, competed for a spot in the ACC championship game and earned a bowl bid for the first time in four years, Coach Mike London’s staff was rewarded with contract improvements that totaled $208,000 per year in guaranteed compensation.
Collectively, London’s staff will make $2,128,000 per year over the next two seasons, a 10.8 percent increase from what it made during the first two seasons of London’s tenure at Virginia. In 2012, Virginia will spend more than $4.2 million on the school’s football coaches.
The contract details were obtained via a public-records request.
London signed a two-year contract extension in December that increased his guaranteed annual compensation to $2.1 million in 2012, which marked a 23.5 percent raise from the five-year contract he originally signed following the 2009 season. The contract extension also included an annual salary pool for London’s assistants of up to $2.15 million. That pool increases 5 percent each year.
Among London’s assistants, special teams coordinator and safeties coach Anthony Poindexter received the largest salary bump. Poindexter, who is entering his ninth season on the Virginia coaching staff, will make $221,000 per year over the next two years. That marks an 18.8 percent pay increase from his previous two-year contract.
Offensive line coach Scott Wachenheim received a 15.8 percent raise and will make $183,000 annually over the next two years. Wachenheim also helps with constructing the offensive game plan and organizing the special teams each week.
Vincent Brown, the team’s linebackers coach and assistant special teams coordinator, will earn $175,000 annually over the next two years, which marks a 12.9 percent pay increase.
Defensive coordinator Jim Reid was awarded a 10.9 percent raise after overseeing a drastic turnaround from the Virginia defense in 2011. The Cavaliers went from being among the ACC’s most porous defenses in 2010 to among the conference’s stingiest units the next year. Reid will make $395,000 annually over the next two seasons.
Cornerbacks coach Chip West and wide receivers coach Shawn Moore each earned make $170,000 annually over the next two years. That marks a 9.7 percent raise for both assistants. On Tuesday, the team announced London had given West the additional title of assistant recruiting coordinator.
Jeff Hanson, the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, was given a 9.4 percent raise and will make $186,000 annually over the next two years.
Running backs coach Mike Faragalli, who also assists with the offensive game plan and with organizing the special teams each week, will earn $175,000 annually over the next two seasons. That marks a 9.3 percent raise.
Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor was awarded a 6.6 percent pay increase after he signed a two-year extension on the original three-year deal he agreed to when he joined London’s staff in January 2010. Lazor is signed through the 2014 season and will be paid $453,000 in guaranteed annual compensation.
Lazor recently interviewed for the offensive coordinator position with the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Buccaneers instead ended up hiring Mike Sullivan, formerly the New York Giants quarterbacks coach.
As part of their new contracts, all of London’s assistants will receive one month’s salary as a bonus each time Virginia earns a bowl bid.