Just two years removed from an 0-12 season, Steve Sarkisian has led the Washington Huskies to 12 wins, a bowl triumph and appears to have the football program turning the corner toward respectability.
Friday, Sarkisian officially reaped the rewards of the work he’s done thus far.
In a press release, the school announced that they have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract with the second-year coach. The new contract adds two years to his commitment to UW, and keeps the coach signed through the 2015 season.
“We’ve rewarded him for success,” UW athletic director Scott Woodward said. “We will continue to invest in the football program – with the upcoming renovation of Husky Stadium, construction of new team facilities – and we will continue to invest in those who lead it.
“We want to have Steve here for a long time. Stability and retention are very important to us.”
“I love my job,” Sarkisian said. “I’ve got a great job. I love coaching for Scott Woodward. I love being a Husky.”
Per the release, Sarkisian’s guaranteed compensation goes from $2 million to $2.25 million for this year, to $2.4 million for 2012 and to $2,550,000 in 2013. The additional years will pay Sarkisian a guaranteed $2.7 million in ’14 and $2.85 million in ’15.