Mickey Marotti, the strength and conditioning coach for Ohio State’s football team, is set to make $801,150 next season after a pay raise that was outlined in a letter obtained by The Dispatch on Monday.
Marotti was paid $735,000 in basic compensation in 2019, the first year of a new contract signed last March. The four-year deal allows for him to receive annual pay raises that are set by athletic director Gene Smith and approved by the university’s board of trustees.
The 9 percent pay raise makes Marotti the highest-paid strength and conditioning coaches in college football among public schools, according to staff salaries tracked by USA TODAY.
It is a distinction, though, that he is likely to have for only a few months.
Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who made 800,200 last year to lead the nation, has typically received pay raises worth about 10 percent later in the spring or summer. Doyle has been at Iowa since 1999.
Marotti arrived at Ohio State in 2012 as the strength and conditioning coach, but also was billed as the right-hand man of Urban Meyer, the newly hired coach
During a stretch at Florida, Marotti had been in the same role. He and Meyer first worked together on a coaching staff at Notre Dame in the 1990s.
Marotti has remained with the Buckeyes under Meyer’s successor, Ryan Day, and was considered an important figure in the transition between the head coaches.
Holding an official title as the assistant athletic director for football sports performance, Marotti oversees the Buckeyes’ assistant strength and conditioning coaches for football, as well as head strength coaches in other varsity sports.
The raise for Marotti came as Ohio State also increased the salaries of its on-field assistant football coaches that will see the 10 of them make a total of $7.94 million next season.