Brady Hoke Net Worth And Salary Before Retirement: Who Will Replace Him?

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Brady Hoke net worth increased significantly with his six-year contract with San Diego State as its head coach. It was showering him a salary in the seven-digit figure.

However, after an upset 3-8 record, he announced to retire at the end of the 2023 season.

The move leaves vacant three years of his deal (supposed to end in the 2027 summer) and the apparent millions of dollars in paycheck.

With the abrupt retirement decision, many questioned who would be in replacement. Moreover, it brought prying eyes on his earnings as a head coach, so how much was he paid?

Football Coach Brady Hoke Announced His Retirement After The 2023 Season With San Diego State
Football Coach Brady Hoke Announced His Retirement After The 2023 Season With San Diego State (Source: NY Times)

An Ohio native, Brady Patrick Hoke (b. November 3, 1958), began his coaching career in the early 1980s right after his college.

He was a four-year letterman linebacker at Ball State University and helped the team to win the 1978 Mid-American Conference championship.

For two decades, Hoke served as an assistant coach for college teams: Oregon State Beavers, Western Michigan Broncos, and Michigan Wolverines.

In 2003, he got his first-ever break as a head coach for his alma mater, Ball State (2003- 2008).

Afterward, he served as the head coach at San Diego State Aztecs (2009-10, 2020-23) and Michigan Wolverines (2011-14).

Brady has coached some notable NFL players like Jabrill Peppers, Taco Charlton, and Taylor Lewan throughout his career.

Brady Hoke Net Worth And Salary: How Much He Earns?

With an experience of more than four decades, Brady collected a decent sum and rested in the millionaire club. As of 2024, Hoke’s net worth is estimated at $10 million.

Through his progressive career from an assistant to a head coach, the American football coach pocketed lucrative contracts offering a jaw-dropping salary.

In 2020, he replaced Rocky Long as the head coach for his second head-coaching stint at San Diego State University.

Subsequently, he signed a six-year contract, earning him $1 million in the 2020 season. It was nearly ten times hike from his paycheck of $164,500 in 2019 when he was an assistant at the Aztecs.

Former Michigan Coach Hoke Has A Net Worth In Millions
Former Michigan Coach Hoke Has A Net Worth In Millions (Source: CBS Sports)

Moreover, after the college finished a 12-2 record in 2021, Hoke got a contract extension through June 30, 2027, added with a $100K rise every season (previous was $50K per season).

As a result, his salary of $1.05 million (in 2021) surged to $1.223 million in 2022.

For the 2023 season, Brady’s paycheck was $1.273 million.

He announced that he would retire after the season’s conclusion. But still, he is on a win-win as he has a contract buyout of nearly $5 million.

Salary Breakdown Of The Coach

The 2008 MAC Coach of the Year’s current salary comes with a base salary of $330K and $920,000 in compensation.

Moreover, it also includes bonuses: $50,000 for a bowl appearance, $75,000 for winning a Mountain West title, and $15,000 for Mountain West Coach of the Year honors.

With those earnings, Hoke stands in the bottom half of the highest-paid coaches. The top three earners are Nick Saban ($11.407 million), Dabo Sweeney ($10.884 million), and Kirby Smart ($10.705 million).

Brady Hoke’s Previous Contracts And Earnings

In December 2002, when Brady got his first-ever contract as a head coach, Ball State University offered him a five-year contract at $125,000 per season.

Then, when he joined San Diego State in 2008 (first stint), they offered him a five-year contract with a guaranteed payment of $3.525 million plus incentives.

Brady Hoke Worked As College Football Head Coach At Ball State, Michigan And San Diego State
Brady Hoke Worked As College Football Head Coach At Ball State, Michigan And San Diego State (Source: Axios)

After two seasons, the Michigan State Wolverines buyout his contract, meaning the Wolverines were now paying the hefty salary. There, he rested for four seasons until 2014.

Brady Hoke then saw himself as defensive coordinator in Oregon Ducks (2016), Tennessee Volunteers (2017), and Carolina Panthers (2018).

Check out his coaching career salary year-wise:

Year College Team Salary
2009 San Diego State $676,800
2010 $675,000
2011 Michigan Wolverines $3.254 million
2012 $3.046 million
2013 $4.154 million
2014 $2.856 million
2016 Oregon Ducks $403,600
2017 Tennessee Volunteers $475,000

In 2019, Hoke joined his soon-to-be former team, San Diego State, for the second time.

Who Will Replace Brady Hoke As San Deigo State Coach?

After Hoke announced his retirement, there’s been surging curiosity about his possible replacement.

The San Diego State Aztecs are yet to confirm their new head coach for their collegiate football team. However, some names are swirling around: Tony White, Zach Arnett, and Ryan Lindley.

Why? Well, all these three have had connections with SDSU in the past.

Moreover, online tabloids have some other names for possible replacements: Sean Lewis, Bryan Harsin, Will Stein, Ryan Grubb, Brian Lindgren, and Kliff Kingsbury (considered among the most handsome NFL coaches).

Let’s see what the future has to offer.

Krishna Pandey
Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey is a versatile writer with a passion for exploring the diverse and dynamic world of sports. His articles offer readers a captivating blend of sports analysis, human interest stories, and cultural insights, providing a holistic view of the athletes and events that shape the sports landscape.


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