LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska opened up the checkbook to hire assistant coaches this offseason, including making new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco the highest-paid assistant coach in program history.
Now, weeks before spring practice kicks off, Nebraska is upping the contracts of a few of Mike Riley’s core assistant coaches.
Bray’s paycheck will bump up significantly, from $300,000 a year in 2016 to $400,000 in 2017. He jumps from the staff’s second-lowest-paid assistant to tied with wide receivers coach Keith Williams and cornerbacks coach Donte Williams at fourth highest. Bray helped recruit 4-star linebacker Avery Roberts to Nebraska, and was on a watch list early in the 2016 season for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in the country.
Parrella’s pay will increase from $250,000 to $272,500. The second-year coach helped recruit four defensive linemen in the 2017 class — 3-stars Guy Thomas, Deiontae Watts, Damion Daniels and Deontre Thomas.
Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, running backs coach Reggie Davis and Keith Williams all received one-year extensions with no pay raises.
Nebraska’s 2016 staff was the highest-paid in program history, collectively making about $3.7 million (not including Riley’s salary). That number will jump slightly to $3.95 million for 2017.
Here’s how the pay stacks up:
|Mike Riley||Head coach||$2.9 million|
|Bob Diaco||Defensive coordinator||$825,000|
|Danny Langsdorf||Offensive coordinator||$527,875|
|Mike Cavanaugh||Offensive line coach||$450,000|
|Donte Williams||Cornerbacks coach||$400,000|
|Keith Williams||Wide receivers coach||$400,000|
|Trent Bray||Linebackers coach||$400,000|
|Reggie Davis||Running backs coach||$350,000|
|Bob Elliott||Secondary coach||$325,000|
|John Parrella||Defensive line coach||$272,000|