Salaries released for new Texas Tech staff

Salaries released for new Texas Tech staff

New Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. (Photo: Stephen Spillman/AP)

New Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury. (Photo: Stephen Spillman/AP)

Salaries have been released for Kliff Kingsbury’s new staff at Texas Tech.

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Kingsbury’s salary pool for assistants is the same as it was during Tommy Tuberville’s final season, $2.125 million.

Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt will be the highest paid assistant making $425,000. Kingsbury and Wallerstedt coached together on Texas A&M’s staff in 2012. Wallerstedt coached linebackers for the Aggies, and before that, was a defensive coordinator for a total of nine years, working at Wyoming, North Alabama and Air Force.

Co-defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who was hired from the New York Jets, will make $240,000. Trey Haverty, hired from TCU to be the Red Raiders’ safeties and special teams coach, will make $235,000.

Cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis, who spent the previous three seasons on Sonny Dykes’s Louisana Tech staff, will make $205,000. John Scott, who coached defensive line and special teams at Georgia Southern the last three years, will make $175,000.

All of Kingsbury’s new offensive assistants will earn nearly the same amount. Running backs coach Mike Jinks will make $215,000, while co-offensive coordinators Sonny Cumbie and Eric Morris, and offensive line coach Lee Hays will make $210,000 apiece.

Jinks was hired from Byron P. Steele II High in Cibolo, Texas, where he had built one of the state’s most successful high school programs in recent years. Jinks took Steele from a new high school in 2005 to a state championship in 2010. He compiled a 76-18 record in six seasons, including a 43-4 mark the past three seasons with two trips to the state final.

Morris, considered a rising star in the coaching world, spent 2012 as inside receivers coach under Mike Leach at Washington State. Prior to joining Leach’s staff, Morris spent two years as a graduate assistant under Kingsbury at Houston.

Cumbie is the only hold-over from Tuberville’s staff. The $210,000 he will make is a a $50,000 raise from 2012.

Hays has been an offensive coordinator at West Texas A&M, Baylor and Tarleton State.

Below is a complete rundown of the new Texas Tech staff, their roles, and salaries.

Name Title Salary Previous
Matt Wallerstedt Defensive Coordinator $425,000 Texas A&M (LB)
Mike Smith Co-Defensive coordinator $240,000 N.Y. Jets (OLB)
Trey Haverty Safeties, Special teams $235,000 TCU (WRs)
Mike Jinks Running backs $215,000 Steele HS (HC)
Sonnie Cumbie Co-Offensive coordinator $210,000 Texas Tech (IR)
Eric Morris Co-Offensive coordinator $210,000 Washington State (IR)
Lee Hays Offensive line $210,000 Houston (OL)
Kevin Curtis Cornerbacks $205,000 Louisiana Tech (CBs)
John Scott Defensive line $175,000 Georgia Southern (DL, STC)


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