After leading the Washington State Cougars to their first bowl game in 10 years, head coach Mike Leach and his staff were rewarded with raises. Leach reportedly will see an increase of $500,000, boosting his salary to $2.75 million per year. The assistant coaches for Leach will also share from a $500,000 pool, according to Washington State Athletic Director Bill Moos.
The Cougars finished last season with a 6-7 record after losing 48-45 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl to the Colorado State Rams. Leach has made significant progress with the Cougars program since being hired in 2012, going 9-16 in the past two season. The previous four season, the cougars were 9-40 under former head coach Paul Wulff. Leach is now one of the highest paid coaches in the Pac-12 conference, coming in behind Washington‘s Chris Peterson and UCLA‘s Jim Mora, whom both make a base salary of $3.25 million. The value is worth every dollar for the Cougars, with a major change in direction in recruiting and personnel starting to happen in Pullman, WA. When asked about Leach and his performance, Moos said, “I still think he’s one of the best coaches in this league and as we change our culture at Washington State we have to compete with those in our conference and around the country to build stability and consistency.”
With the pay increases for Leach and his staff, Washington State has shown they’re willing to maintain a proactive approach when it come to improving the Cougars’ football program. In the nine seasons that Leach was head coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, he never had a losing season and posted a record of 84-43. Leach and his staff will continue to improve and have a million more reasons to stay competitive in the Pac-12.