MORGANTOWN — Incoming West Virginia defensive assistant Blake Seiler will earn $300,000 next season, while receivers coach Xavier Dye will be paid $200,000.
MetroNews and The Dominion Post obtained the coaching contracts through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Both newcomers signed two-year contracts.
Seiler served as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator last season but was being relegated to defensive line coach under the new regime of Chris Klieman. Seiler’s deal calls for his salary to $325,000 during 2020.
Dye steps into his first full-time FBS coaching gig after coming from Clemson, where he served an offensive graduate assistant the past two years.
“Xavier is a young coach who brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm with him to work every day,” Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown said in a Friday release. “He has built an outstanding reputation in a short period of time and comes highly recommended. He has worked hard to prepare himself for this position at West Virginia, starting at the high school level and then the past couple years on the staff at Clemson.”
Dye played receiver at Clemson from 2007-’10, becoming a starter his final two seasons.
He began his coaching career at Greenville High School and Woodmont High School in South Carolina and spent 2013 season as a defensive quality control coach at Western Carolina.
Seiler and Dye’s contracts offer identical incentives:
- $10,000 for Big 12 championship appearance
- $10,000 for Big 12 championship victory
- $5,000 for non-CFP bowl victory
- $15,000 for non-CFP higher-tier bowl appearance (Alamo, Russell, Texas)
- $5,000 for non-CFP higher-tier bowl victory (Alamo, Russell, Texas)
- $20,000 for New Year’s Six bowl appearance
- $5,000 for New Year’s Six bowl victory
- $25,000 for CFP semifinal appearance
- $25,000 for CFP national championship appearance
- $25,000 for CFP national championship victory
With nine on-the-field assistants hired at a combined $2.9 million this year, Brown has one staff vacancy remaining. His contract provides an annual salary pool of $3.5 million for assistants.
Sources told MetroNews that Brown plans to retain Ryan Nehlen as an offensive analyst.