They take their strength program seriously at Iowa. How seriously?
According to a report from USA Today, Iowa football strength & conditioning coach Chris Doyle “will make $595,000 in base compensation from the university for a one-year period that began July 1.” The information was obtained as part of an open-records request by the newspaper’s website..
The newspaper’s website notes that total is more than 29 FBS public-school head coaches made in base salary last year. Nevada’s Brian Polian ($578,000), Ohio’s Frank Solich ($564,000) and Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz ($517,000) are among the two dozen coaches who earned less in 2015 than what Doyle will make in 2016-17.
Additionally, Doyle will make as much as Hawkeyes offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Phil Parker are scheduled to make.
“Most of the people who follow our program know that what’s very important to Kirk is student-athlete development — physically, mentally, leadership,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta told the paper. “He relies heavily on Chris’ role in that.”
In comparison to his peers, Doyle’s salary is more than double the salaries of other Big Ten S&C coaches. He also makes $70,000 more than Alabama’s Scott Cochran.
The 48-year-old Doyle has been Iowa’s strength coach for every one of Kirk Ferentz‘s 18 seasons with the Hawkeyes.