WSU’s Alex Grinch one of the Pac-12’s highest-paid assistant coaches, but Cougars trail peers in overall salary pool

Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is one of the 10 highest-paid assistant coaches among all Pac-12 public institutions. WSU strength coach Jason Loscalzo is also in the top half among Pac-12 strength coaches.

At 9-3, the Washington State football team finished the 2017 regular season tied with Stanford for the third-most wins in the Pac-12.

A comparative analysis based on numbers from USA Today’s annual database of FBS football coach salaries shows that the Cougars’ football success is a relative bargain in terms of how much the school is paying its assistant coaches in 2017, compared to the rest of the Pac-12.

WSU’s assistant coaching salary pool of $2.74 million for the 2017 season, ranks eighth out of the 10 Pac-12 public institutions, according to information compiled by USA Today, which released its annual assistant coaching salary database Wednesday.

USA Today compiled the assistant coaches’ salary information based on public information requests, and comparable salary information was not made available by the Pac-12’s two private institutions — USC and Stanford.

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WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch’s $600,000 salary ranks him at No. 10 among the 90 on-field assistant coaches employed by the Pac-12’s public institutions in 2017, but the Cougars’ total assistant coaching salary pool falls toward the bottom of the conference.

Each Pac-12 public institution allocated an average of about $3.31 million for its assistant coaches’ salary pool in 2017. But that number is significantly skewed by league-leading UW’s pool of about $4.68 million, which exceeds the Pac-12’s second largest salary pool – Oregon’s, at roughly $3.95 million – by more than $700,000.

Three of the Huskies’ nine on-field assistants’ rank in the top 10 among their Pac-12 public school peers. UW defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski is the second-highest earning assistant among the Pac-12 public schools, making $876,500 in 2017. UW offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith came in at No. 4 in the same ranking, with a salary of $700,008 before he left UW to become Oregon State’s new head coach.

UW defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake is the eighth-highest paid Pac-12 public school assistant coach, with a salary of $651,504.

The Cougars’ salary pool is about half a million dollars under the Pac-12 average. However, based on most recent figures…

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