UTEP Football Dana Dimel Ranks as Lowest-Paid Coach in C-USA
UTEP football head coach Dana Dimel, who is leading the Miners on a 5-1 start to the 2021 season, is the lowest-paid coach in all of Conference USA, according to USA Today.
However, C-USA football coaches make between $746,000 and $1.9 million, which isn't a very significant pay gap. What is significant, though, is the starting salary for first-year coaches compared to a seasoned coach like Dimel. For example, Will Hall ($800,000 per year) and Charles Huff ($755,500) are making more as a first-year coach compared to Dimel, who is entering year four.
Some of these numbers are a little low for the quality of the coach. Skip Holtz, who holds the best win/loss record (149-112) of any coach in the league at La Tech, is being paid $779,00 as a base salary, and has about $395,000 in bonuses that raise his contract significantly per year.
Dimel is in the fourth year of his five-year deal that he initially signed after the 2017 season. His base salary is $748,966, which is comparable to Western Kentucky head coach Tyson Helton ($751,470). The report also shows that Dimel also took a $41,533 contract reduction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. His buyout is $830,666 with UTEP.
Coming into this season, UTEP football had won just five games under Dimel. The Miners have started off the 2021 season with a 5-1 record, searching for their first bowl appearance since 2014. Dimel has helped turn the program into a more competitive product than the winless program that he inherited in 2018.
Here's the list of C-USA's highest-paid football coaches by USA Today. This takes into account COVID-19 reductions as total pay. This also doesn't include bonuses or other contract incentives that the coaches could earn in 2021.
- Seth Littrell (No. 69 in FBS) — $1,900,000
- Bill Clark (No. 71 in FBS) — $1,550,000
- Butch Davis (No. 84 in FBS) — $1,093,956
- Mike Bloomgren (No. 87 in FBS) — $934,171
- Rick Stockstill (No. 88 in FBS) — $910,504
- Jeff Traylor (No. 91 in FBS) — $830,000
- Will Hall (No. 94 in FBS) — $800,000
- Will Healy (No. 96 in FBS) — $793,901
- Skip Holtz (No. 98 in FBS) — $779,000
- Willie Taggart (No. 100 in FBS) — $775,000
- Ricky Rahne (No. 101 in FBS) — $762,296
- Charles Huff (No. 102 in FBS) — $755,500
- Tyson Helton (No. 103 in FBS) — $751,470
- Dana Dimel (No. 105 in FBS) — $748,966
|Team||Head Coach||Years at School||Overall Record >2020||Record at School before 2021||CUSA Record|
|Louisiana Tech||Skip Holtz||9||149–112||61–41||41–21|
|Middle Tennessee||Rick Stockstill||16||94–92||94–92||71–45|
|Florida Atlantic||Willie Taggart||2||61–66||5–4||4–2|
|Southern Miss||Will Hall||1||56–20||0–0||0–0|
|North Texas||Seth Littrell||6||31–31||31–31||21–18|
|Western Kentucky||Tyson Helton||3||14–11||14–11||10–5|
|Old Dominion||Ricky Rahne||2||0–0||0–0||0–0|