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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops, staff get raises

by Ryan Aber Published: June 25, 2014

“This is a great, great program and I believe it’s because of the leadership,” Stoops said. “Because of President Boren, his staff, Joe Castiglione, his staff — all of that positive filters down to what we’re trying to do with our football program. They’ve had great vision, great leadership, a willingness to make a commitment, to continue to improve, not only the football program, but every one of our athletics programs.”

Coaches in other sports also received raises.

Men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger’s salary was increased to $2.2 million with his annual stay bonus bumped up to $550,000 for the next two years. His contract was also extended two years through the 2019-20 season.

Kruger will make an average of $2.83 million over the life of the contract with the annual bonus included.

Kruger’s assistants — Chris Crutchfield, Steve Henson and Lew Hill — were each given raises to $225,250 for next season.

Women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale’s contract was extended through 2019-20 and her salary increased to $1.1 million in the upcoming season.

Coale’s assistants also received raises.

Women’s gymnastics coach KJ Kindler, whose team shared the national title this year, received an extension through 2019-20 and a $20,000 raise to $220,000 per year. Kindler’s bonus structure was also altered.

“Seeing some of the programs that were struggling once, now we’re on the precipice of playing for national titles,” Castiglione said. “This year, you saw the gymnastics team win a national championship. Those kinds of things lead to a proactive spirit that we established long ago.

“It’s not just the compensation or their contract that leads to retention, but it’s everything we’re doing to invest in their sports’ success that inspires them.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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