Alabama approves contracts for new hires, raises for Roach, Gillespie

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The Compensation Committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama met on Monday afternoon via video and approved contracts for all the recent coaching highers following Nick Saban‘s retirement in January. Of course, this includes head coach Kalen DeBoer, but it also includes all the new assistants that he’s brought in to help make the transition.

Of course, that starts with the offensive and defensive coordinators. After initially coming over from Washington with DeBoer to coach the tight ends, Nick Sheridan was named the new play-caller/quarterbacks coach following Ryan Grubb‘s departure for the NFL. Then you’ve got former South Alabama head coach Kane Wommack, who’s been brought in to run Alabama’s defense.

UA has Sheridan and Wommack each set up on three-year contracts that see annual increases.

Sheridan’s starts at $1.35 million in the first year and eventually gets to $1.55 million in Year 3. It was also noted that he was previously working on an annual salary of $650,000 during his lone month as Alabama’s tight ends coach. Wommack’s contract starts at $1.55 and sees a climb to $1.85 million by his third year. In comparison, former Alabama coordinators Tommy Rees (offensive) and Kevin Steele (defensive) earned $1.9 million apiece in 2023, which of course included Steele’s return and Rees’ one and only season in Tuscaloosa.

The other new on-field hires include JaMarcus Shephard (wide receivers), Chris Kapilovic (offensive line), Bryan Ellis (tight ends), Maurice Linguist (co-DC/defensive backs), Colin Hitschler (co-DC/defensive backs) and Christian Robinson (outside linebackers). Robert Gillespie (AHC/running backs) and Freddie Roach (AHC/defensive line) were retained from the previous staff and earned pay raises with their new titles (associate head coach) while Jay Nunez has been brought in as the special teams coach. He won’t be in an on-field role though.

Below is a full list of new contracts for assistant football coaches and staff members:

David Ballou – $950,000 through Dec. 2026 (up from $725,000)

Bryan Ellis – $550,000 through Feb. 2026

Robert Gillespie – $850,000 through Feb. 2026 (up from $565,000)

Colin Hitschler – $625,000 (Year 1), $675,000 (Year 2) through Feb. 2026

Chris Kapilovic – $875,000 (Year 1), $925,000 (Year 2) through Feb. 2026

Maurice Linguist – $875,000 (Year 1), $925,000 (Year 2) through Feb. 2026

Courney Morgan – $500,000 through Feb. 2026

Jay Nunez – $250,000 through Feb. 2026

Freddie Roach – $1 million (Year 1), $1.1 million (Year 2) through Feb. 2026 (up from $775,000)

Christian Robinson – $650,000 through Feb. 2026

JaMarcus Shephard – $1.1 million through Feb. 2026

Nick Sheridan – $1.35 million (Year 1), $1.45 million (Year 2) and $1.55 million (Year 3) through Feb. 2027

Kane Wommack – $1.55 million (Year 1), $1.85 million (Year 3) through Feb. 2027

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