Former Miami football head coach and linebacker Randy Shannon is the highest-paid assistant in the Group of Five after he received a raise from $300,000 per season to $1 million as the defensive coordinator at Central Florida.
Randy Shannon played linebacker on the Miami football team in the 1980s. Shannon was a member of the 1987 Miami National Championship team under Jimmy Johnson. In four seasons as the Hurricanes head coach, Shannon finished 28-22. Shannon has been the defensive coordinator at Central Florida since 2017.
The Orlando Sentinel reported on Tuesday that Shannon received an increase in his salary from $300,000 per season to $1 million and was also paid a one-time retention bonus of $300,000 on February 6. Shannon was tied with 35 other assistant coaches nationally in salary in 2019.
The $1 million salary would have placed Shannon 20th in 2019 and the highest-paid Group of Five assistant in the country. As a private school, Miami does not have to release their salaries. It is believed that Manny Diaz signed a contract when he was hired just over a year ago that pays him $3.1 annually.
The pay for assistant coaches with the Miami football program is not known. Blake Baker is entering his second season as the Hurricanes defensive coordinator. Shannon is currently 125th spots higher in the rankings in salary among the other Group of Five assistant coaches. Shannon was also Florida’s defensive coordinator.
The salary for Shannon is 2.5 times what any other assistant coach is earning with the Knights. Co-offensive coordinator Alex Golesh is paid $400,000 per year. Shannon receives a car or auto allowance from Central Florida. The former Hurricanes head coach can greatly increase his salary through incentives.
Central Florida coaches and support staff would make $50,000 for winning the Eastern Division of the American Athletic Conference and another. $25,000 for winning the game. Central Florida finished 32nd in total defense in 2019 allowing 346.1 yards per game. The Knights were 23rd in scoring defense allowing 23 PPG.