Idaho State head coach Rob Phenicie is due a healthy salary increase, according to the details of his proposed new three-year contract.
The proposed agreement is on the Idaho State Board of Education website and will be reviewed for approval by the State Board at a Dec. 21 meeting.
Phenicie, who is currently signed a two-year deal worth a base salary of $85,000 per year, will make $165,000 annually under the proposed agreement, which retains him as Idaho State’s head coach through Jan. 31, 2021 and overrides his current deal. Former Bengals head coach Mike Kramer, who retired in March, made $164,528 this year.
Phenicie’s new contract includes incentives that increase his potential yearly earnings to $226,000. Those bonuses include Big Sky Conference championships, appearances in the FCS playoffs, satisfactory Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, Big Sky Coach of the Year honors, regular-season and postseason victories, and an average home attendance above 6,000 each season.
The proposed contract states Phenicie has “waived his right to receive supplemental pay for participating in ‘money games.’” Those payments will instead be allocated among his assistant coaches, at 1 percent of the contractual earnings in losses and 3 percent in wins. Idaho State was paid $300,000 to play Nevada this year, and earned $280,000 for playing Utah State. With a loss to USU and a win over Nevada, ISU’s assistant coaches would have earned a combined $11,800 under the proposed conditions.
The agreement also states Phenicie is obligated to pay ISU between $10,000 and $30,000 if he terminates the contract before its end date.
Phenicie has verbally agreed to the conditions. The State Board must approve the contract because its potential yearly earnings exceed $200,000.
The Bengals had a 4-7 record in 2017 — Phenicie’s first season as head coach. The team went 2-9 in 2015 and 2016.