Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken is now among the highest-paid assistant coaches nationally after the school gave him a huge raise this offseason.
Monken will earn $2 million a year after completing a national championship season in his second season with the Bulldogs, according to information obtained Thursday by the Athens Banner-Herald in an open records request.
That’s a $750,000 increase from the $1.25 million Monken made last season.
Monken, 56, was expected to earn $1.4 million this season in the third year of a three-year contract. Georgia did not release any information on a new contract or contract extension for Monken, who is also Georgia’s quarterbacks coach.
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Three assistant coaches in college football hit the $2 million mark in 2021, according to USA Today’s assistant coach salary survey, and all three have moved on to head coaching positions.
Oklahoma coach Brent Venables earned $2.5 million last year as Clemson’s defensive coordinator while Virginia coach Tony Elliott received $2.15 million as offensive coordinator of Clemson and Duke coach Mike Elko earned $2.1 million as defensive coordinator for Texas A&M last year.
Ohio State will pay defensive coordinator Jim Knowles $1.9 million in annual compensation and he will also receive a one-time bonus of $138,500, according to the Columbus Dispatch. LSU defensive coordinator Matt House will receive $1.8 million.
Alabama’s new contract numbers for 2022 include defensive coordinator Pete Golding at $1.73 million, according to the Tusacloosa News.
Georgia is paying defensive co-coordinators Glenn Schumann and Will Muschamp $800,000 each this year. Former Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, now head coach of Oregon, earned $1.7 million last year for the Bulldogs.
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Monken’s new total compensation went into effect Jan. 15, according to the school.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart hired the former offensive coordinator with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2020 season. Monken was also the head coach for Southern Miss.
Georgia ranked No. 10 nationally in offense with 38.4 points per game last season and ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 4 nationally in yards per game at 6.98 .
Monken is the positional coach of Stetson Bennett, a former extra who finished fourth nationally in passing efficiency during the Bulldogs’ national title run.