DeKALB – Under the terms of new Northern Illinois head football coach Thomas Hammock’s contract, Hammock will make a base salary of $500,000 over a term of five years with $100,000 available for “donor engagement compensation.”
This is according to the terms laid out in the contract as provided to the Daily Chronicle by way of a Freedom of Information Act Request.
By comparison, former head coach Rod Carey’s base salary, after multiple extensions, was $533,460. NIU president Lisa Freeman makes a base pay of $450,000. Both Carey and Hammock had numerous incentive-based bonuses included in their contracts. Other performance incentives listed in the contract allow Hammock to make as much as an additional $500,000, with incentives tied to academics and athletic achievement.
The Chronicle also requested information related to the coaching search, such as names of applicants and names of people who interviewed for the position. The school said that the athletic department had no records regarding that information.