Coming off the first 10-win season at Air Force since the 1998 season, head coach Troy Calhoun has been given a brand new contract. The academy announced the new contract agreement Wednesday. Calhoun received a new five-year contract that keeps him as head coach through the 2019 season.
“Troy Calhoun has been a great inspiration to our future Air Force officers,” Air Force Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh said in a released statement. “His priorities in coaching are clearly in line with the goals of the Air Force Academy, so we are delighted to be able to extend Troy’s contract for another five years.”
The value of Calhoun’s new deal has not been reported. Calhoun received a total pay of $892,750 in 2014 according to USA Today‘s database of college football salaries. That made Calhoun the fourth highest-paid coach in the Mountain West Conference, trailing Colorado State’s Jim McElwain (now at Florida), Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter and Boise State’s Bryan Harsin.
Calhoun took over the Air Force program in 2007. Since being named the head coach of the Falcons, Calhoun has gone 59-44 with three bowl victories in seven postseason trips. In 2014 Calhoun turned around the program in impressive fashion. Winners of two games in 2013, Air Force reversed a three-year downward trend to win 10 games with a bowl victory in 2014. It may have saved his job as head coach at Air Force, and now he has a little more job security.