Ohio State football: Strength coach Mickey Marotti gets raise to base salary of $735,000

Joey Kaufman
Urban Meyer brought Mickey Marotti to Ohio State for the 2012 season. Marotti’s base salary was then $380,000. [Kyle Robertson]

Mickey Marotti, the Ohio State football team’s strength and conditioning coach, will be paid at least $735,000 for the 2019 season per terms of a four-year contract signed in late March.

Ohio State provided a copy of the agreement Friday in response to a request from The Dispatch.

The deal, which remains subject to approval by the university’s board of trustees, gives Marotti a raise of about $122,000 over his base salary from 2018. He is also eligible for additional bonus payments should the Buckeyes win the Big Ten or reach the College Football Playoff, among other performance benchmarks.

USA Today reported Thursday that the new agreement was likely to make Marotti the second-highest-paid strength and conditioning coach in the nation behind Iowa’s longtime head strength coach, Chris Doyle. The publication maintains an annual database of college football coaching salaries.

Marotti holds an official title as Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for football sports performance and also oversees 20 strength and conditioning coaches for the university's 36 varsity sports teams.

Urban Meyer first brought on Marotti after he was hired as coach for the 2012 season. Marotti’s base salary was then $380,000.

In January, Ryan Day, who was promoted from offensive coordinator to replace Meyer, retained Marotti in his same role.


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