Auburn coordinators promoted, Zac Etheridge receives pay raises

A trio of Auburn assistants received raises for their new roles with the program.

On Tuesday, via an open records request submitted by Auburn247 in January, Auburn released the contracts of offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau, defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding and secondary coach and associate head coach Zac Etheridge.

Etheridge’s raise was the largest. With a new two-year contract until 2024, with a new salary of $600,000 per year ($50,000 added in 2023 for a total of $1.25 million over two years). Etheridge’s original contract was $315,000 a year when Bryan Harsin signed him to his inaugural team last year.

A former national champion at Auburn in 2010, Etheridge coached Auburn cornerbacks last season and now chairs the entire secondary, as well as his duties as associate head coach.

Kiesau is also on a two-year contract until 2024, earning $800,000 a year.

The former Boise State OC joined Harsin’s staff last season as an analyst, earning $120,000 on a one-year deal, before being promoted to wide receivers coach in Week 5 after the dismissal of Cornelius Williams. Kiesau was paid $100,000 over four months for the role before Harsin named him his new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in February – after Seahawks QB coach Austin Davis walked away from a deal to become the Auburn OC when he decided to walk away. of the framing.

An Auburn linebacker coach and associate head coach in 2021, Schmedding was named the team’s new defensive coordinator in January after Derek Mason left for Oklahoma State.

Under a two-year contract until 2024, Schmedding will earn $1 million a year, making him now Auburn’s highest-paid staff assistant. His original contract as a linebackers coach paid him $500,000 a year.

Auburn is in the middle of summer training before the start of preseason camp in early August.

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