BOISE - The highest paid employee on Idaho's payroll is eligible for bigger bonuses under a newly amended contract.
The Idaho State Board of Education agreed Thursday to up how much Boise State University's head football coach Bryan Harsin can make in bonuses each year.
Harsin will now be eligible for a $50,000 bonus if the Broncos become the champion of its six-team division. Previously, the amount was $15,000. Harsin could also see an additional $75,000 bonus if the team wins its athletic conference's title game - a bump from the former $50,000.
"I know that [athletic director] Curt [Apsey] and Bryan Harsin have had a number of conversations about this," Boise State president Bob Kustra told KTVB on Thursday. "I think what Curt wanted to do was incentivise the Boise State coaches and make it very clear to them that we're all about winning the Mountain West Championship and we want you to do everything you possibly can to get there. If we can incentivise your contracts in some way, lets do it. And that's exactly what we did."
The Idaho State Board of Education also approved a contract extension for defensive coordinator Andy Avalos and a two-year deal for offensive coordinator Zak Hill.
Avalos will make a base salary of $315,000 in 2017, making him one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the Mountain West. If Avalos were to achieve all of the bonuses listed in his contract, he could make up to $350,750 in a single year.
Hill now becomes just the second offensive coordinator in school history to receive a multi-year deal. Former co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Scott Huff, who is now at the University of Washington, signed a similar deal last year.
Hill will make a base salary of $285,000 in the upcoming season with the potential of earning up to $319,250 if he accomplishes all of his incentives.