PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers University and head football coach Greg Schiano have agreed to a new seven-year contract that will run through the 2012 season, it was announced today by Director of Athletics Bob Mulcahy.
Schiano, now in his fifth season as head coach at Rutgers, led the Scarlet Knights to their first winning record since 1992, and their first bowl appearance in 27 years, in 2005. The Scarlet Knights, who concluded the regular season with a 7-4 mark overall and a third-place finish in the BIG EAST Conference, will face Arizona State in the Insight Bowl, in Phoenix, AZ., on Dec. 27.
"This contract reflects our appreciation for the outstanding work Greg Schiano has done with our football program," said Mulcahy. "He is committed to the total development of our student-athletes on and off the field, and the overall performance of the program in the past five years is a testament to that commitment."
"Coach Schiano and the entire Rutgers football program have demonstrated great progress, both on the field and in the classroom. In addition to a winning record and a bowl berth, the football team is ranked highly by the NCAA in terms of academic accomplishments," said Rutgers President Dr. Richard L. McCormick. "Coach Schiano deserves tremendous credit for the football program’s academic and athletic success."
Increased financial resources generated by the football program, including corporate sponsorships and ticket sales, will contribute to the funding of the contract.
Schiano’s current contract pays $191,000 in salary in 2005. Under the new contract, his salary would rise to $250,000 in 2006 and to $350,000 by 2012. The new contract also increases Schiano’s guaranteed income from private sources – from $325,000 this year to $625,000 in 2006 and $750,000 by 2012.
Mulcahy added, "This compensation package places Coach Schiano at a level comparable to other top coaches in the BIG EAST Conference."
Said Schiano, "I am humbled and appreciative of the support shown by the leadership of Rutgers University. We will continue to build Rutgers into a championship caliber football program that serves as a source of great pride for our University, and the State of New Jersey."
During Schiano’s tenure at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights have shown consistent improvement on the field, and earned a bowl invitation in his fifth season as head coach. Included in this season’s accomplishments were BIG EAST road wins over Syracuse and Connecticut, the first time ever that the Scarlet Knights defeated two Conference opponents on the road in a single season. In Schiano’s tenure, 16 Scarlet Knights have been named to All-BIG EAST teams, including 11 in the past two seasons, and two have been named Special Teams Player of the Year.
The Scarlet Knights have also shown significant accomplishment in the academic arena under Schiano’s guidance. In the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) report that was released in February, the Rutgers football program was rated the fourth highest in the country, behind only Stanford, Navy and Duke. Of the 56 teams competing in bowl games this year, the Scarlet Knights have the second highest APR.