Iowa's Chris Doyle is now the highest-paid strength and conditioning coach in CFB
Chris Doyle is considered by many as one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country.
His compensation certainly reflects that. Well, his salary suggests that Doyle is the best strength and conditioning coach in the country.
According to open records documents obtained by USA Today, the Iowa assistant is now the highest-paid strength and conditioning coach in college football. After a 15.5 percent raise ($80,000), Doyle will make $595,000 per year in base pay from the university.
That’s $70,000 more than what Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach will make in 2016. That’s also more than 29 other FBS head coaches will make.
So why the major bump for the 18-year Kirk Ferentz assistant?
“Kirk approaches the role of strength and conditioning coach as really another coordinator,” Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said to USA Today. “We have an offensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator and then student-athlete development is the third piece of that equation.
“Bottom line, it’s important. Chris is one of the most highly respected strength coaches in the country.”
For comparison’s sake, Doyle will make double the salary of Maryland’s Rick Court ($292,440) and Michigan State’s Ken Mannie ($271,781), and nearly three times as much as Indiana’s Keith Caton ($200,000).
In addition to his role as strength and conditioning coach, Iowa also added the title “executive director of football” to Doyle’s duties.
The raise for Iowa’s assistants stemmed from the program’s historic Rose Bowl run. Because of the top-10 national ranking, the bowl appearance and meeting graduation requirements, Iowa’s assistant-coach salaries grew by 14 percent this offseason. Ferentz himself received $1 million in incentive-laden bonuses.
Long story short, it’s not a bad time to be in Iowa City.