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Closer Look: Wisconsin staff gets big pay bump

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ret Bielema has cited a lack of funds for assistant coaches as one of the primary reasons he left Wisconsin.

Barry Alvarez and Gary Andersen

Barry Alvarez and Gary Andersen

But it doesn’t look like Gary Andersen will have that problem.

According to Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal, Andersen’s nine assistants will make combined $2.495 million – up from $1.973 million in 2012.

The $522,000 increase is a jump of more than 26%, and would have ranked third among Big Ten public universities trailing only Ohio State ($3.29 million) and Michigan ($2.93 million). Bielema’s 2012 staff ranked seventh in the Big Ten.

Back in December, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez defended the assistants’ pay.

“Our pay scale for assistant coaches is more than competitive and fair,” Alvarez said. “As athletics director, I know what people are making, and every time someone has a hint that they may take another job, it’s not prudent to jump and throw a pile of money at them.”

Though in the aggregate it looks like Alvarez completely changed his tune, it’s really more like a tweak.

Bielema earned $2.6 million as the Badgers’ head coach last season, bringing total staff pay to nearly $4.6 million.

Andersen, on the other hand, will make $1.8 million, for a total on-field payout of approximately $4.295 million – $300,000 less than 2012.

Where it does look like Alvarez may have shifted his thinking is at the top of the assistant food chain.

Former Badger defensive coordinator Chris Ash, the highest paid member of Bielema’s staff, earned just $267,050 a year ago. Dave Aranda, Andersen’s defensive coordinator, will be paid $480,000.

It’s the same on offense. Matt Canada, Bielema’s offensive coordinator last season, made $265,000. New offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, will make $480,000.

Below is a breakdown of the 2013 Wisconsin, their salaries and what they earned in 2012:

Dave Aranda, Defensive coordinator, Linebackers: $480,000 (Utah State, $157,000)
Andy Ludwig, Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks: $480,000 (San Diego State, $278,008)
Thomas Hammock, Ass. HC, Rec. coord., Running backs: $300,000 (Wisconsin, $230,950)
T.J. Woods, Offensive line: $250,000 (Utah State, $82,000)
Bill Busch, Secondary: $220,000 (Utah State, $112,000)
Jeff Genyk, Tight ends, Special teams: $220,000 (Cal, $201,150)
Chad Kauha’aha’a, Defensive line: $205,000 (Utah , $170,000)
Chris Beatty, Wide receivers: $200,000 (Illinois, $400,000)
Ben Strickland, Secondary: $140,000 (Wisconsin, $103,600)

For comparison sake, here’s a look at the salaries of Bielema’s 2012 staff:

Chris Ash, Defensive coordinator, Defensive backs: $267,050
Matt Canada, Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks: $265,000
Mike Markuson, Offensive line: $255,000
Charlie Partridge
, Associate HC, Co-Defensive coordinator, Defensive line: $241,750
Thomas Hammock, Assistant HC, Rec. coordinator, Running backs: $230,950
Andy Buh, Linebackers: $215,000
Zach Azzanni, Wide receivers: $200,000
Eddie Faulkner, Tight ends: $200,000
Ben Strickland, Secondary: $103,600

Note: Bart Miller, who was promoted to offensive line coach when Markuson was fired in September, was paid $50,000.

Photo credit: AP

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The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Former Cal assistant Jeff Genyk will be tight ends and special teams coach on Gary Anderson's staff at Wisconsin. (Photo: Daily Californian)

Former Cal assistant Jeff Genyk will be Wisconsin’s tight ends and special teams coach. (Photo: Daily Californian)

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Cal assistant Jeff Genyk will be the tight ends and special teams coach at Wisconsin.

Genyk, who was head coach at Eastern Michigan from 2004-08, spend the past three seasons on Jeff Tedford’s staff in the same roles that he will serve for the Badgers.

He replaces Jay Boulware, who was hired in January and left last week for Oklahoma.

Genyk is very familiar with the Big Ten having worked at Northwestern from 1992-2003. He worked his way up from defensive graduate assistant (1992-93) to director of football operations (1994-96) before moving to an on-the-field position as outside linebackers coach in 1997.

In his last five seasons with the Wildcats, Genyk served as running backs and special teams coach and recruiting coordinator.

A native of Milan, Mich., Genyk played quarterback and punter at Bowling Green from 1978-81.


Grambling names Dennis Winston defensive coordinator

Grambling has named Dennis Winston as its new defensive coordinator. Winston coached at the school twice before from 1992-94 and 1995-97. He spent the past three years at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, who won the SWAC championship and was named the Black College National Champion by the American Sports Wire.

Winston has coached previously at Toledo, Norfolk State, and Arkansas, his alma mater. Heplayed 11 seasons in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1978, 1979).

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