Alabama reaches new deals with athletics coaches including Saban, Byrne
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Hunter De Siver
The University of Alabama’s football, men’s basketball and gymnastics programs are among the best NCAA programs in the United States.
Coaches from each of these sports received contract extensions on Tuesday including football head coach Nick Saban, incoming gymnastics head coach Ashley Johnston, basketball assistant coach Antoine Pettway and Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne.
Saban agreed to a $93.6 million contract extension through 2030, meaning he will be 78 when his contract expires. His annual salary, at $11.7 million, makes him the highest-paid coach in college football once again after a month with Georgia head coach Kirby Smart at the top.
The Crimson Tide has its first football game Sept. 3 against Utah State at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Byrne reached a deal that will give him a 5% raise and a three-year extension through 2029. He will make $11,900,000 over the next seven years.
Johnston signed a five-year contract through 2027, making $175,000 annually plus a $10,000 talent fee. She joined the Tide on May 23 as their next head coach, taking over for former gymnastics head coach Dana Duckworth. Before coming to Alabama, Johnston was the associate head coach at Auburn.
The former Alabama gymnast is a 10-time All-American, two-time SEC Champion and two-time National Champion.
Johnston and the gymnastics team have their first meet in January.
Pettway earned a two-year contract extension through 2024. The 14-year men’s basketball staff member will make $410,000 per year.
Pettway played basketball at Alabama from 2000 through 2004. In his senior season, the 6-foot guard averaged 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals per game.
The men’s basketball team has its first game in November.