Gators release contracts for 2013 coaching staff

By Adam Silverstein
May 8, 2013

In his third year at the helm of the Florida Gators, head coach Will Muschamp was forced to hire three new position coaches and find a new defensive coordinator as adjustments were made to the coaching staff following the 2012 season.

According to information released by Florida on Wednesday, offensive coordinator Brent Pease received a $100,000 hike in his annual salary as well as a one-year contract extension. Pease also earns annual retention bonuses of $100,000.

New special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach Jeff Choate will be paid $290,000 in his first year on the job ($100,000 higher than the contract he signed to be defensive coordinator at UTEP). Additionally, offensive line coach Tim Davis and tight ends coach Derek Lewis each received $25,000 salary bumps.

The figures for defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips and defensive line coach Brad Lawing were previously released on March 1.

A look at the coaching staff’s 2013 salaries compared with their counterparts in 2012:
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* Muschamp received a one-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
^ Pease received a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season.
~ Durkin received a $150,000 raise as he moved from special teams to defensive coordinator and agreed to a new two-year contract.
` Dillman is in the second year of a two-year contract signed in 2012.
– Florida generally signs most of its assistant coaches to one-year renewable contracts (Choate, White, Davis, Robinson, Lewis).
– The Gators are spending $275,000 more in salary than the program did in 2012.

Universal contract notes and bonuses:
– All coaches receive a $10,000 bonus from Florida’s contract with Nike
– All coaches receive use of a car and other tangible incentives
– BCS National Championship Game appearance – up to 30 percent increase
– Other BCS bowl game appearance – 20 percent increase
– SEC Championship Game appearance – 10 percent increase
– Non-BCS bowl game – 10 percent increase
– Bowl game with less than $2 million payout – one month’s salary increase

The Orlando Sentinel and multiple other media outlets obtained the salary information referenced above directly from the University of Florida.


  1. VO2max says:

    Give Dillman a monster raise…now.

    • Michael Jones says:

      You and I finally agree on something. Dillman is doing a fantastic job and is a big reason for our continued progress. The SEC is a man’s league, and you can see the way this guy is changing the bodies of our young football players to give them the chance to become tougher, more competitive and more successful.

      That being said, these guys are otherwise doing pretty good. Not a bad livelihood.

      GO GATORS!!!

  2. Joe says:

    So Pease took and offense ranked 98 (4273 total yards) in 2011 and coordinated it all the way up to number 97 (4342 total yards) in 2012 and gets $100,000 bump. That’s $14.49 per yard increase. SMH

    • Michael Jones says:

      Pease ran the offense the way Muschamp wanted it to be run, with an emphasis on ball control and limiting turnovers, and he was pretty successful at doing that with a true sohomore QB. He took an offense from a team that went 7-6 and “coordinated it” all the way up to an offense on a team that went 11-2.

      His predecessor, who as it turns out wasn’t so much of an offensive genius as he was a guy who was good at holding Belichick’s clipboard, had a really good year coaching at Kansas. . . or maybe not. I’ll never forget some of the bizarre red zone sequences we had with Weis as the OC. I’ve never seen a team move backwards as often as we did that year.

      Pease was a huge upgrade. There’s plenty of programs across the country that would love to have him and, soon enough, he’ll be a head coach at one of those programs. We’re very fortunate to have him for as long as we can keep him.

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