Auburn assistant coaches Wes Flanigan, Ira Bowman and Steven Pearl received new two-year contracts before the start of last season, according to copies of the contracts obtained by AL.com via a public records request.
The new deals for the three assistants were executed in August but are effective from July 1, 2021 and will run until April 30, 2023, securing them until the end of next season. AL.com filed the public records request for the contracts on Jan. 28, shortly after head coach Bruce Pearl’s eight-year extension was announced by the program.
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Flanigan, who joined Bruce Pearl’s staff ahead of the 2018-19 season, is the highest paid of Pearl’s three top assistants, with his contract worth $375,000 a year last and next season. That deal includes a base salary of $250,000, plus $62,500 a year each for endorsement fees and personal appearance payments.
Bowman, who was also hired in 2018, has a contract worth $340,000 a year. This includes a base salary of $250,000, with endorsement rights and personal appearance payments totaling $90,000 per year.
Steven Pearl has been on his father’s team since 2013, first as an assistant strength and conditioning coach before becoming an assistant coach ahead of the 2017-18 season, earning $295,000 a year on his contract. He receives $250,000 in base salary plus an additional $22,500 each for endorsement fees and personal appearance costs.
All three assistants have buyouts worth 50% of their remaining contracts if they are terminated without cause before the end of their respective contracts, with mitigation clauses if they accept new jobs after termination. Each of the offers also includes a 50% buyout due to the college in the event the coach terminates the contract to leave for another college basketball assistant coach or staff opportunity. No buyout will be due if the coach terminates the contract to accept a head coaching position elsewhere.
Tom Green is an Auburn Beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.