Chris Petersen has finally left his perch at Boise State, and is headed westward to Washington. In becoming the Huskies’ new head coach, Petersen will also be one of the Pac-12′s highest paid coaches.
While at Boise State, Petersen made more than the coaches of Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State. There is a logjam towards the top of the conference, with six coaches making between $2.3 and $2.6 million in 2013. Steve Sarkisian led the conference in salary with $2.575 million before leaving for USC.
Washington will probably bring Petersen in at the rate they paid Sarkisian, if not higher, considering his successes. With Jim Mora’s contract extension, the top-three reported coaching salaries in the Pac-12 will most likely be Mora, Petersen and Sarkisian, in some order. All will likely make over $2.5 million per year.
Since Stanford is a private institution, they are not required to disclose salary of their coach, David Shaw. Nonetheless, at very worst, Chris Petersen will be in the top quarter of salaries, coaching in one of the country’s premier conferences.