Washington State Adds Another Year to Mike Leach’s Contract
Washington State on Wednesday announced it has reached an agreement with WSU football head coach Mike Leach to add another year on to his contract. Leach's contract will now run through the 2023 season.
The Spokesman-Review has the details of Leach's extension:
Leach and WSU agreed to a five-year, $20 million extension after the Cougars won nine games during the 2017 season. The recent provision essentially renews the coach’s five-year contract, which compensated Leach $3.5 million in 2018 and will pay him $3.75 million in 2019, then $4 million each of the four following years. There’s also incentive for Leach to stay through the 2020 season. If he does that, the coach is guaranteed a one-time retention bonus of $750,000.
"Coach Mike Leach has built a nationally prominent football program at Washington State and our student-athletes continue to excel athletically and academically under his leadership," said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun in an official announcement. "His ability to create and steward a winning culture, combined with his vision and expertise, make him one of the elite coaches in the entire sport of football. Few coaches could have accomplished what Coach Leach did in 2018. There is no greater head football coach for WSU than Mike Leach and we are happy to have him leading our program for many years to come."
WSU officials also announced a three-year extension for Leach's defensive coordinator, Tracy Claeys through 2021. 2018 was Claeys first season with Leach at WSU.
Before beginning his current coaching stint at Washington State in 2012, Leach was the head coach at Texas Tech from 2000-2009. He has a career record of 133-83, with a bowl record of 7-7.