College Football Coaching Salaries: Mountain West

Last Updated on September 3, 2023

Head football coaches in the Mountain West coaching salaries vary quite a bit between schools based upon the coaches past successes and their accomplishments throughout their time in the Mountain West. Here’s a look into the head coaching salaries in the Mountain West.

Mountain West College Football Coaching Salaries

Craig Bohl – Wyoming

Originally signed to a 5-year contract in 2013, Bohl was signed to a new 7-year contract in 2016 through to the 2023 season. The 7-year contract is worth $11.95 million which also includes incentives. Bohl is guaranteed $1.4 million in the first year of the new contract with annual increases and incentives. This is compared to his guaranteed $850,000 per year in his previous contract.

With ample experience, Bohl began his coaching career 40 years ago and has 18 years of head coaching experience. In his 2016 season, Bohl was named Mountain West Coach of the Year. His goal as head coach is to create a stable program that will continually grow year after year.

Jay Norvell – Nevada

Head coach since 2017, Norvell’s original contract was the lowest among Mountain West coaches worth $2.45 million. He signed a new five-year contract earlier this year after appearing in bowl games in back to back seasons worth $3.125 million. Although his annual base salary of $625,000 ranks the lowest among Mountain West coaches, he is the highest paid football coach in school history.

Nevada also increased the salary pool for assistant coaches by $250,000. Incentive bonuses in Norvell’s contract include academic performance, regular season performances, division and conference championships, bowl game appearances, and coaching accolades.

Andy Avalos – Boise State

Boise State recently signed a former Bronco, Andy Avalos to a five-year contract worth $7.75 million. Avalos was a linebacker for the Broncos and was on the assistant coaching staff for six years. In year one, Avalos’s base salary will be $1.4 million and will increase by $75,000 each year following the first.

Avalos also has bonus incentives in his contract that are worth up to $200,000. He will also receive vehicle and moving expenses, family travel to games, and tickets to other Boise State athletic events.

Barry Odom – UNLV

UNLV made a big splash in 2022, hiring former Missouri head coach and Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom as its new head football coach. Odom’s deal is for six-years and is worth $1.75 in his first two seasons before increasing to $2 million per year in 2025 and 2026 and $2.25 million in 2027.

Bonuses in Odom’s contract include $50,000 for reaching a Mountain West Conference title game, $50,000 for winning a MWC title, $50,000 for reaching a bowl game, $25,000 for receiving a top-25 ranking and $25,000 for earning MWC Coach of the Year.

Jeff Tedford – Fresno State

The Bulldogs welcomed a familiar face back to the program in 2022. Tedford, who served as the head coach from 2017-2019, signed a five-year contract with the university worth roughly $1.65 million per season. He previously retired from the profession due to health concerns.

Tedford replaced Kalen DeBoer, who left the program to become the head coach at Washington. Tedford is a two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2002, 2004) and was also named the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2017 during his first stint in Fresno.

Steve Addazio – Colorado State

New and experienced head coach for the Rams, Addazio was signed to a five-year contract in December 2019. Colorado State will be paying Addazio and his head coaches less than the school’s previous coaches in order to pay Mike Bobo’s buyout.

Addazio’s base salary in 2020 will be $1.5 million with a $50,000 increase per year of the contract. He also has the opportunity to earn up to $785,000 in bonuses. This is a decrease from his previous head coaching position at Boston College where he made $2.6 million in 2019.

Brady Hoke – San Diego State

Former head coach from 2009-2010, Brady Hoke was signed to a five-year deal in early 2020 to return to be the head coach of the Aztecs for the next five years. He will earn a guaranteed $1 million in his first year with a $50,000 increase per year.

In his prior years at San Diego, Hoke led the Aztecs to their first bowl game in 12 seasons. Since he left San Diego he has gone between coaching positions at Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, and also with the Carolina Panthers.

Blake Anderson – Utah State

With 28 years of coaching experience, Anderson was hired by Utah State in December 2020. Anderson was signed to a five-year head coaching contract with its end in 2025. Anderson’s base salary will be $1 million in the first year and increase to $1.1 million in the last year.

After leaving Arkansas State in 2020 after serving as their head coach since 2014, Anderson led them to six bowl game appearances. He also led them to win two Sunbelt Conference titles in back-to-back seasons.

Brent Brennan – San José State

Signed to a head coaching contract in 2017 with the Spartans, Brennan signed an additional 3-year extension late 2019 through the 2024 season worth $2.55 million. In his newest contract, Brennan will earn a guaranteed $850,000 per year. In his prior contract Brennan was earning an average of $575,000 per year.

The Spartans have only had one head coach stay longer than 5 years in their program’s history. However, Brennan’s goal is to stay for at least 15 years at San José to keep the program consistent and successful.

Timmy Chang – Hawai’i

Honolulu native Timmy Chang signed a four-year contract with the University of Hawai’i in January 2022. Chang earned $500,010 in his first season on campus and will earn $600,006 in 2023, $700,008 in 2024 and $750,006 in 2025. The contract can extend for a fifth season if the Rainbow Warriors reach a bowl game in 2023.

Chang’s deal comes with plenty of incentives including $50,000 if Hawai’i wins the Mountain West’s West division, $100,000 if they win a conference championship, $20,000 for participating in a bowl game, $40,000 if they win a bowl game and $300,000 if they participate in a non-playoff New Year’s Six bowl game.

Danny Gonzales – New Mexico

Former Lobo punter and safety, Gonzales signed his five-year head coaching contract in December 2019 worth $3.5 million. He wasn’t interested in earning top dollar in his contract, wanting any additional money to go to the assistant coach salary pool. Prior to rejoining his alma mater, Gonzales was on the coaching staff at both San Diego State and Arizona State.

Gonzales will earn a base salary of $700,000 with incentives worth $270,000 per year. Other perks include a country club membership, up to four men’s basketball season tickets, free travel for wife and kids to away games, and a vehicle provided by the University.

Troy Calhoun – Air Force

Alumni and head coach since 2007, Calhoun signed a new six-year contract earlier this year with the Falcons after interviewing for the opening at Colorado. Details of the contract are kept private due to being a military academy backed behind a private foundation.

The only details disclosed from the Falcons Athletic Director included an increased contract buyout and an increased assistant coach salary pool.

Find more college football coaching salaries from other conferences here.


  • Madison Hiegel

    Madison is a current senior working toward her B.S.M and B.B.A. degrees at Ohio University. She has previous experience working in NFL training camp operations, collegiate licensing, and academics in collegiate athletics. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Sigma Mu, the nation's first professional sport management fraternity that gives students a platform to prepare and develop professionally in the sports industry.

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