Director of Athletics Mike Hamilton announced Thursday that Tennessee’s assistant football coaches have received raises and contract extensions effective July 1. The salary increases were based on output and performances by the coaches and were awarded by head coach Phillip Fulmer.
“Coach Fulmer has done a tremendous job assembling one of the best staffs in the SEC and the country,” Hamilton said. “I am proud of what these coaches have accomplished and confident they will continue to provide great leadership for our football program.”
Tennessee’s assistant football coaches received two-year contracts that began July 1 and extend through June 30, 2009, while David Cutcliffe and John Chavis received raises and three-year contracts that also began July 1 and run through June 30, 2010.
The total amount Tennessee pays its assistant coaches and coordinators increases from $1.56 million to $1.721 million.
The base salary for Chavis and Cutcliffe remains at $275,000 for all three years, with their Adidas endorsement fee increasing each year. For the 2007-08 fiscal year, Chavis receives an endorsement fee of $50,000 while Cutcliffe’s endorsement fee is $65,000, bringing total salaries to $325,000 for Chavis and $340,000 for Cutcliffe. For fiscal year 2008-09, the endorsement fee increases to $65,000 for Chavis, bringing his total package to $340,000; and $75,000 for Cutcliffe, bringing his total package to $350,000. For fiscal year 2009-10, Chavis receives an endorsement fee of $75,000 for a total salary of $350,000, and Cutcliffe receives $100,000 for a total salary of $375,000.
“I am very confident in my staff of coaches,” Fulmer said. “Their work ethic and dedication to this football program is outstanding. I am thankful to be surrounded by such a strong group of assistant coaches.”
All funding for the athletics department, including coaches’ salaries, is from monies generated by athletics’ resources and not from appropriated funding by the state of Tennessee or other university-related revenues.