Ohio State officially announced the hiring of Alex Grinch as a defensive assistant coach on Monday. A day later, his contract details have been revealed.
Grinch, who comes to Ohio State as an assistant coach after serving for three season as defensive coordinator at Washington State under coach Mike Leach, will make $800,000 in the first year of a two-year deal. He’s eligible for a salary increase in his second season, and would receive bonuses for a division title, conference title and any participation in the College Football Playoff.
Grinch produced a surprisingly efficient defense under Leach, who’s known for his high-octane Air Raid offense. The Cougars defense ranked 23rd in S&P+, while its 24.4 points per game allowed ranked 46th. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman reported Grinch’s role at Ohio State will be co-defensive coordinator, but Ohio State said “specific responsibilities will be announced at a later date.”
This is a bit of a homecoming for the 37-year-old coach from Grove City, Ohio. Grinch graduated from Mount Union in 2002. He’s been nominated for the Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant coach in the country, three times.
Per Eleven Warriors, Grinch’s 2018 salary ties him for the largest among Ohio State assistants with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day.