ATHENS — Call it the Kirby Smart effect: Georgia assistant coaches, even those who were retained from Mark Richt’s staff, are now on multi-year contracts.
James Coley, hired a week ago to be the new receivers coach, has agreed to a two-year contract. So have the two assistants that Smart is retaining: Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer.
Rocker and Sherrer also received $25,000 raises: Rocker will now earn $525,000, and Sherrer was increased to $375,000.
Coley’s annual salary will be $450,000, which is also more than previous receivers coach Bryan McClendon was receiving. Coley will also receive a retention bonus of $150,000 on March 31, 2017, assuming he is still with the program.
Two other new assistants, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and offensive line coach Sam Pittman, were given three-year contracts. Georgia has been giving three-year contracts to coordinators, but until now the position coaches had been on one-year deals.
Coley had previously been the offensive coordinator at Miami. His hire has already paid dividends on the recruiting trail, as he helped talk receiver Cavin Ridley, a south Florida prospect, into committing to enroll at UGA.
Memorandums of understanding for other new assistant coaches Glenn Schumann, Shane Beamer and Dell McGee were not available yet.