New LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson to make average of $1.3 million over five-year contract

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE - New LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson will make an average of $1.3 million a year in a five-year contract, according to a term sheet released by LSU on Friday after a public records request by the Lafayette Daily Advertiser.

The complete contract was not released.

LSU announced that Johnson, 44, was its baseball coach on Friday.

Johnson, who was making a salary in the $900,000 range as Arizona's coach, will make $6.5 million over five years with $1.2 million his first year at LSU and $1.4 million in the last year, but that is excluding incentives. 

He replaces coach Paul Mainieri, who retired at the end of this season making $1.125 million. Mainieri will continue to make that through 2024 in a fund raising position in the athletic department. 

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Johnson, who had two years left on his Arizona contract, owes Arizona a buyout of $1.09 million for the remaining two years of his base salary at $540,000 for 2022 and $550,000 for 2023, according to his Arizona contract. 

"LSU shall either directly play or reimburse $750,000 as the result of the voluntary termination," LSU's term sheet says. This means Johnson will have to pay Arizona the remaining $340,000 of his buyout.

LSU will introduce Johnson on Monday in a news conference at Alex Box Stadium.

Johnson can earn a cumulative maximum of $260,000 a year in bonus money for the Tigers' accomplishments on the field - $100,00 for winning a national title, $50,000 for reaching a College World Series championship series, $50,000 for making the CWS, $40,000 for hosting an NCAA super regional, $25,000 for a road super regional, $20,000 for reaching an NCAA regional, $20,000 for winning the SEC Tournament, $20,000 for winning the SEC regular season and $15,000 for winning the SEC West.

Should Johnson win national coach of the year, his bonus would be $40,000 and $20,000 for SEC coach of the year. If LSU's players achieve an academic progress rate above 930 points, his bonus would be $15,000. Johnson receives a company vehicle or a vehicle allowance of $1,000 a month and $35,000 to relocate.

LSU's agreement with Johnson is "contingent upon a satisfactory background check and approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors," the term sheet states.