UW releases contract details for Chris Petersen, assistant coaches

With a raise to $875,000 annually, Pete Kwiatkowski is believed to be the highest-paid assistant coach in program history.

Adam Jude

Washington football coach Chris Petersen will earn an average annual salary of $4.875 million over the next seven years as part of his new contract, details of which were released Tuesday by the UW athletic department.

As part of his new deal, Petersen is scheduled to make at least $34.125 million through the 2023 season. He will earn $4.125 million in 2017 — believed to be the highest salary of any Pac-12 coach — and $5.625 million in the final year of the contract.

As part of the language in the original contract Petersen signed with UW in December 2013, part of the coach’s overall compensation package includes annual payments of $700,000 for “supplemental” pay and $350,000 for a personal rights license (details of which are not spelled out in his new contract).

Petersen can also earn up to $1,050,000 in additional performance bonuses each year, based on the team’s success.

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“Chris Petersen represents all of our core values, and has demonstrated success in every area of his program,” UW athletic director Jennifer Cohen said in a news release. “His teams have performed extremely well on the field and have accomplished remarkable things in the classroom and the community. We are very fortunate to have Chris guiding our program and we want to ensure that he and his staff have everything they need to sustain a championship culture here at Washington.”

The Huskies’ seven returning assistant coaches also received contract extensions and pay raises. Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski received a raise to $875,000 annually through the 2018 season, which is believed to make him the highest-paid assistant coach in program history.

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