Utah basketball: Here’s what U. assistant coach Chris Burgess is making

Utah graduate assistant coach Chris Burgess reacts on the sideline during game against BYU Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Salt Lake City. After four seasons as an assistant coach at BYU, Burgess has rejoined the Utah staff.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

What did it take for the University of Utah to lure popular and highly respected assistant basketball coach Chris Burgess away from rival BYU?

A significant pay increase, for starters.

According to the new employment contract that Burgess signed with the U. last month, the former Runnin’ Utes player will be paid $265,000 annually to join second-year coach Craig Smith’s coaching staff.

What Burgess was making at BYU as one of four-year coach Mark Pope’s three assistants has never been publicly revealed because BYU is a private institution not subject to government open records requests. However, one source familiar with current assistant coaching contracts in the state said Burgess’ pay increase “is probably very significant.”

Another source said Burgess was making $130,000 at BYU and had said weeks before Burgess’ contract was released Tuesday that they expected him to at least double his salary by moving to the U.

By way of comparison, Smith makes approximately $1.9 million per year, while Utah women’s basketball coach Lynne Roberts signed a contract extension last month that will pay her $679,500 per year through 2027, with a $30,000 annual retention bonus.

BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe has said BYU’s coaching salaries will increase when the Cougars join the Big 12 in 2023, if they haven’t already. Several football assistant coaches confirmed …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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