Salaries revealed for UGA’s new football coaches

New Georgia assistant football coaches Will Friend and Kirk Olivadotti will be paid annual salaries of $200,000 and $250,000, respectively, according to documents obtained by the AJC under the state’s open records law.

The coaches’ contracts were not yet available, according to UGA, but their salaries were contained on “employee personnel report” forms.

Friend is the new offensive line coach, hired from Alabama-Birmingham to replace Stacy Searels, who left for Texas.

Olivadotti is the new inside linebackers coach, hired from the NFL’s Washington Redskins to replace Warren Belin, who left for the Carolina Panthers.

Searels and Belin had salaries of $290,000 and $190,000, respectively, at Georgia last year.

110 comments Add your comment

Jborodawg

February 21st, 2011
1:23 pm

Seems like a bargain. Hopefully, they’ll be so successful that they’ll have to be paid top SEC asst coach pay in a couple years.

Buford Dawg

February 21st, 2011
1:31 pm

I dont care what they make I just hope they perform!

Meltdowns and Beatdowns Galore

February 21st, 2011
1:35 pm

Fire Dave Perno !!!!

Paul N Destin

February 21st, 2011
1:36 pm

Ok ..a nfl coach goes to college for 250k? Come on Man. I know Jimbo Fisher makes 250k per year in salary as well.

Buster

February 21st, 2011
1:38 pm

I honestly don’t know why we NEED to know what the salaries of these coaches are! I can only see it as trying to pit one assistant against another! Tim Tucker, what is your annual salary?

JohnC

February 21st, 2011
1:38 pm

I agree Jboro. It does sound like a bargain. I am betting between those two positions there will be 5 playing Monday Night Football within 2 years

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

February 21st, 2011
1:40 pm

so a position coach makes around a quarter mil a year dang what a country as don would say
only in America

Hector

February 21st, 2011
1:44 pm

Are reductions made for lost games???

Remarkable

February 21st, 2011
1:46 pm

What do you think they should be paid? Can you base that on coaches at Fla, Ala, or other such schools?

Big Mike 42

February 21st, 2011
1:50 pm

If they cannot keep their players out of jail, whats the difference? Mark has one more crappy season and he’s gone.

gomdawg

February 21st, 2011
1:52 pm

Who gives a damn, let’s talk football or get a real job.

SCfalconfan

February 21st, 2011
1:53 pm

I’m guessing the NFL assistant coaches going to college are protecting themselves in case of a lockout.

VININGSDAWG

February 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

I hope we are not getting what we paid for. Coaches at Alabama, Auburn, and Florida are making alot more than that.

UGA Alumnus

February 21st, 2011
1:59 pm

@Buster
February 21st, 2011
1:38 pm

If you work for the state you’re salary is public. You can look up professor salaries, secretary salaries, and Michael Adams’ salary as well. It’s public information.

I’ve looked up all my former professors in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA.

FDawg

February 21st, 2011
1:59 pm

What’s up with the Diamond Dogs? Perno had better get things heading in the right direction. Another rough year and he’ll feel the same heat as Richt…

Alabama Jack

February 21st, 2011
2:06 pm

Its expensive to coach ‘em down.

George

February 21st, 2011
2:11 pm

The dogs baseball team should be okay they have a lot of talent on paper.ithink the dogs will roll.

how2fish

February 21st, 2011
2:16 pm

Alabama Jack don’t you have some trees to kill troll?

Stanky

February 21st, 2011
2:17 pm

I guess we will see if they have earned these salaries next fall.

These salaries are probably in line with SEC / ACC salaries – otherwise – why make the move.

After watching the slide of the program – and the rise of Alabama, Auburn, Florida going through 3 coaching changes and still dominating UGA in the Richt Era (Spurrier, Zook, Meyer) – South Carolina now passing us – as well as Arkansas and MS State – well – I hope the 3/4 defense kicks in – the OLine figures out how to run block – we have backs that we are not worried about suspensions – etc – I have to say UGA needs to be playing a bowl game on News year day – or we need to give another coach as shot at leading our program.

I am caustiously optimistic UGA will be playing News Day 2012! However, I thought we would be 9-3 in 2010 – the losses to Colorado and UCF really did me in. Your won/loss record tells you all you need to know. UGA went 6-7 because we desreved to be 6-7.

Jalex49

February 21st, 2011
2:25 pm

Posting someone’s salary on the internet is just not right. I hope Georgia AD/school will show some concern for this type of behavior. We as the fans/general public really have no need to know these types of things.

I hope this doesn’t breed resentment between coaches. This posting of salaries is unprofessional and a slap in the faces of the coaches. You should be really ashamed of yourself.

Ghostrider

February 21st, 2011
2:26 pm

Go Tech !!!!!!!

DC

February 21st, 2011
2:27 pm

Even if he didn’t post it..it would be common knowledge…we all have access to this information…its just like teachers…we can access all their salaries…whats any different? stop cryiing you little baby

UGAX

February 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

News out of Athens is Murray has two broken bones in ankle. Not good.

JoeV

February 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

@Ghostrider

The pattern is full.

Stanky

February 21st, 2011
2:28 pm

Jalex49 – hear what you are saying – but this is public information. This is very normal for all coaching salaries to be public – as they are State employees.

UGAX

February 21st, 2011
2:29 pm

DAWG ONE

February 21st, 2011
2:39 pm

You Perno bashers don’t know squat! So he had a bad year last year, how many good ones has he had. Last year was injury prone top to bottom. Why don’t you jerks get a life, gain a little knowledge and act like you are over 19 years of age. It will be a young team overall this year, so another World Series might be a year or so away.

DC

February 21st, 2011
2:39 pm

I’m waiting for UGA fans to blame Nick Fairley for Murray breaking his ankle..

Dawg Gone

February 21st, 2011
2:43 pm

DC see traffic…go play!

DC

February 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

haha whatever you know that was funny…deep..deeeeeeep down inside :)

LOL

February 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

“News out of Athens is Murray has two broken bones in ankle. Not good.”

You’d have said this last year and I would have worried, but with Lemay already practicing I am not too worried. Not like UGA is going to the national title game anyway with Murray. I mean I’d like them to, but I am also realistic and know how weak our offense usually is anyway. Until we get rid of Bobo and Richt, we are going to have mediocre years. Its just a fact.

Hector

February 21st, 2011
2:46 pm

Just how bad is Muarry’s injury/ Is it carrer ending??

dawgfan

February 21st, 2011
2:49 pm

DC, I’m waiting for Nick Fairley to hit Murray while he is holding the football instead of 3-5 seconds later. It still hasn’t happened.

Daniel

February 21st, 2011
2:49 pm

I love how everyone talks about it being public knowledge and how it shouldnt matter and those who do care should quit crying. Well stop being a hypocrite and tell us yours!! I dont think anyone should know what your salary is regardless of whether or not you work for the government. By the way I make $7.25/hour part time and go to school. So everyone whos telling others to quit crying I’m ready to see what y’all make.

Junior Samples

February 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

big money, big expectations

it could be worse…we could be tech

Jim

February 21st, 2011
2:53 pm

The only people who should care about what these guys get paid should be their wives. All we should care about is if they can do their jobs.

RoadDAWG

February 21st, 2011
2:58 pm

DC,

I HATE Nick Fairley…but that WAS funny.

UGAX

February 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

LOL-

You make a valid point about our porous offense and definitely need a change at OC; however, to think that we are better off with LeMay at QB over Murray is a bit of a stretch, especially considering that LeMay hasn’t played in over a year (two years by the time season rolls around). Murray, on the other hand, did have one of the best seasons ever for a SEC QB in terms of yardage and will only (or would have) only gotten better this year. True freshmen typically don’t start in the SEC, unless you are Tim Tebow, Mannin, or Stafford.

HECTOR-
No one knows (except Aaron and the doctors, that is) if the injury is career ending. Wouldn’t count him out, though; he’s a tough kid who has battled back from a broken leg and other injuries to compete. Let’s hope he’s ok for the season opener.

UGAX

February 21st, 2011
3:02 pm

DC- That’s pretty good re: Fairley and Murray……..I don’t care who you are, that’s funny……

jasont13

February 21st, 2011
3:04 pm

If Aaron Murray does have two broken bones in his foot he will have about 5 1/2 months to heal until fall practice starts. Would be great if he could work on throwing routes with the new receivers over the summer but its not a big deal.

AltamahaDawg

February 21st, 2011
3:10 pm

I actually thought those guys made more than that.

AltamahaDawg

February 21st, 2011
3:12 pm

Uh yea, we are better off playing the preseason All-SEC QB Murray over Lemay who is going to be a RS.

JB

February 21st, 2011
3:16 pm

Friend came from UAB and is young, so he’s probably giddy, and the LB coach would have worked for room and board to get away from Shanahan. Lot’s of pressure to win with the Redskins with Shanahan making about 7 mil per.

balzerilla

February 21st, 2011
3:21 pm

This is just another example of out-of-whack priorities in higher education. My husband (a UGA alum) is a dean at a midwestern university and makes less than half of what either of these two pulls down. Lovely.

1eyedJack

February 21st, 2011
3:30 pm

balzerilla, maybe your husband should have went into coaching.

aaron murray is a delicate flower

February 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

another broken leg!

DC

February 21st, 2011
3:32 pm

sounds like he is making good money if you ask me…but I guess grass does look greener yadda yadda blah blah…

GovtEmployee

February 21st, 2011
3:35 pm

Daniel – Govt positions are supported by tax dollars. And the public has right to know how their dollars are spent. While you’re in school, make sure you take enough business or social sciences course to understand this concept – it’s pretty basic. As a Federal employee, my salary available to the public. If you knew my name, you could just Google it. I’m ok with that because it’s part of a bigger picture.

Winston Wolfe

February 21st, 2011
3:46 pm

Balzerilla……maybe your husband should move to Wisconsin and join a “lovely” teachers union.

o_O

February 21st, 2011
4:06 pm

Balzerilla, the money comes from the Athletic fund, which has tens of millions of dollars in it due to football revenue. It’s seperate from teacher/prof salaries, so the priority chains aren’t connected.