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Former Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin to make $570,000 annually as Cal OC

Former Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin will earn a base salary of $570,000 annually as the offensive coordinator at California. (University of California)
Former Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin will earn a base salary of $570,000 annually as the offensive coordinator at California. (University of California)

By moving up to the Pac-12, former Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin also moved up a few tax brackets.

Not counting bonuses, California’s new offensive coordinator will make $570,000 annually – a big step up from the $224,000 base he earned last year in Cheney.

That puts Baldwin in the top five among offensive coordinators in the Pac-12.

The most successful coach in EWU history, with an FCS national title and six Big Sky Conference championships in nine years, Baldwin made the move to Cal on Jan. 16 to join the staff of new head coach Justin Wilcox.

The opportunity to lead the offense at a Power 5 program “felt right,” Baldwin said at the time.

Baldwin’s three-year contract surpasses that of former Cal coach Sonny Dykes’ first offensive coordinator, who made $560,000 annually in a two-year deal that ended in 2015.

Officially, Baldwin’s base salary is $250,000 a year, plus a $320,000 “talent fee” for appearances at booster gatherings, and related functions, plus media events.

Baldwin, 45, also stands to make a retention bonus of $80,000 if he remains with the school through Oct. 1 of this year; another $80,000 if he’s still in Berkeley on Oct. 1, 2018; and yet another $80,000 payout if he stays through Oct. 1, 2019.

Annual performance bonuses include $15,000 if Cal reaches the Pac-12 title game; $25,000 for playing in the Rose, Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, Cotton or Peach bowls; $10,000 for appearing in another bowl game while finishing above .500 in the regular season; and $5,000 if the Bears play in a bowl game after finishing under .500 in the regular season.

Should Baldwin leave for any position other than a head coach position within the Pac-12 or a currently-scheduled non-conference opponent, he would owe the entire base salary for the remainder of the term.

If the University terminates Baldwin’s contract without cause, Cal would owe him a buyout of 70 percent of his base salary, talent fee and retention bonus for the remainder of the term.

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