Iowa football strength coach makes more than 29 FBS head coaches

It pays to be the strength coach at the University of Iowa.

USA TODAY Sports sent an open-records request to the university which revealed Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle is set to earn nearly $600,000 in 2016. Doyle’s official salary is $595,000.

For those who think that may be high for a strength and conditioning coach, it is.

Thanks to his raise, Doyle is now the highest paid strength coach in the nation, making $70,000 more than Alabama’s Scott Cochran. The salary is also higher than 29 FBS head football coaches.

It’s clear Iowa values what Doyle brings to the table. After all, he has been a member of head coach Kirk Ferentz’s staff for 18 years. That dedication he has shown to the university and the talent he has been able to get out of players has not gone unnoticed.

“Kirk approaches the role of strength and conditioning coach as really another coordinator,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta told USA TODAY. “We have an offensive coordinator, a defensive coordinator and then student-athlete development is the third piece of that equation.

“Bottom line, it’s important. Chris is one of the most highly respected strength coaches in the country.”

It clearly pays off on the field.

Iowa enters 2016 fresh off of a 12-2 season that included a Big Ten West Division championship and an appearance in the Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes kickoff their 2016 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Miami (OH) at home.

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