Parker, Koonz Have Two-Year Deals With WVU Football

Parker, Koonz Have Two-Year Deals With WVU Football


West Virginia’s two newest football coaches will work under initial two-year deals with similar incentive payment structures, but different base salaries reflective of their positions on head coach Neal Brown’s staff.

Gerad Parker

Gerad Parker, who is described as “offensive coordinator” in his employment agreement, is slated to earn $525,000 in his first year at WVU. For the 2021, season, his base pay will rise to $550,000. He will also coach the Mountaineer wide receivers.

Jeff Koonz, hired to coach linebackers and oversee special teams, will make $200,000 in 2020, but will get a bigger bump in year two, rising to $325,000 in 2021. Both coaches also received consideration for moving expenses, with Parker getting $25,000 and Koonz $20,000.

Both of the two-year contracts expire on Feb. 28, 2022.

Parker replaced Xavier Dye as an offensive assistant, but with far more duties assigned, including the offensive coordinator title.  Dye made $200,000 in 2019.  Koonz fills the gap left by Blake Seiler, who was paid $325,000 this past season.

Both Parker and Koonz will receive amenities standard for WVU football coaches, including a courtesy car, five tickets to home football games and bowl games, and two tickets to each men’s and women’s home basketball game.

They also can earn a number of performance incentives, provided the team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) each year is 930 or higher. In any season in which the team’s APR falls below that point, no incentives will be paid. (See table below).

Jeff Koonz

West Virginia’s most recent announced football APR score, covering the 2017-18 academic year, was 953.  Scores are announced in the spring each year, covering the previous academic year.

If either coach leaves before his contract is up without a release from WVU, he will owe a 25% buyout of the remaining amount of his base salary. That figure rises to 100% if he departs for another Big 12 school.

Parker also has a retention incentive in his agreement. If he is still at WVU on Feb. 1 of 2021, he will receive a payment of $50,000. He’ll also earn a similar amount if he is still on the Mountaineer staff on Feb. 1, 2022.

Both coaches can also earn additional pay for working camps , clinics and other events.

Performance Incentives

IncentiveAmount
Big 12 Champ
Game Appearance
$10,000
Big 12 Champ
Game Win
$10,000
Big 12 Low Tier
Bowl Appearance
$10,000
Big 12 Low Tier
Bowl Win
$5,000
Big 12 High Tier
Bowl Appearance
$15,000
Big 12 High Tier
Bowl Win
$5,000
New Year's Six
Bowl Appearance
$20,000
New Year's Six
Bowl Win
$5,000
CFP Semifinal
Appearance
$25,000
CFP National
Championship
Appearance
$25,000
CFP National
Championship Win
$25,000

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