Jan. 21, 2011
By Gregg Bell
Director of Writing
SEATTLE - He's already revitalized Huskies football. Now Steve Sarkisian is getting rewarded.
The University of Washington and its Holiday Bowl-winning coach have agreed to a new five-year contract that keeps the 36-year-old Sarkisian committed to Washington through at least 2015. It adds two seasons to his original deal.
The deal is consistent with the national market value, and increases Sarkisian's guaranteed compensation from $2 million to $2.25 million for this year, to $2.4 million for 2012 and to $2,550,000 in 2013. The additional years will pay Sarkisian a guaranteed $2.7 million in '14 and $2.85 million in '15.
"We've rewarded him for success," UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward told me upon completion of his agreement with Sarkisian and his agent, Gary Uberstine. "We will continue to invest in the football program - with the upcoming renovation of Husky Stadium, construction of new team facilities - and we will continue to invest in those who lead it.
"We want to have Steve here for a long time. Stability and retention are very important to us."
The new deal replaces the five-year contract to which Sarkisian agreed in January 2009, before the former USC offensive coordinator's first season as a head coach.
"I love my job," Sarkisian said. "I've got a great job. I love coaching for Scott Woodward. I love being a Husky."