Men's basketball assistant coaches Ryan Pedon, Terry Johnson get pay raises

Adam Jardy
Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon. [Kyle Robertson]

After turning down multiple overtures to become a head coach elsewhere, Ohio State men’s basketball assistant coach Ryan Pedon has landed a $105,000 raise in his newest contract.

Pedon, who like coach Chris Holtmann and fellow assistant Terry Johnson will be entering his third season with the Buckeyes, has a new contract that pays him a base salary of $500,000. Johnson, too, got a raise, going from $300,000 to $325,000. Newly hired assistant Jake Diebler’s starting base salary is $250,000.

The documents were acquired by The Dispatch in an open-records request.

With Holtmann at the helm, the Buckeyes have gone 45-24 and reached the NCAA Tournament, winning one game each time, during the last two seasons after having missed out on the Tournament for the prior two years. This season, they are widely projected as a top-three Big Ten team after welcoming in the top-rated recruiting class in the conference according to the rankings.

After losing longtime assistant Mike Schrage, now the coach at Elon, Ohio State’s combined base salary for its three assistants is now at $1,075,000, up from the prior staff’s total of $1,020,000. Schrage’s base pay was $325,000.

Holtmann makes roughly $3 million per year.

The coaches are in line for various merit-based raises as well as monthly $600 vehicle stipends. Other perks include tickets to football and men’s basketball games.


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