Dr. Brad Teague, University of Central Arkansas’ director of athletics, said Friday new football coach Steve Campbell’s salary package will total $185,000 per year for four years, which includes media shows.
He also has a potential for bonuses based on academic and athletic performance of his teams.
The university will pay $165,000 per year with the other $20,000 coming from private funds.
Teague said the UCA Board of Trustees approved a buyout representing $100,000 for the first two years, then $75,000 then $50,000 on the remaining years. There will be a $200,000 buyout if he leaves for a conference member.
Clint Conque, who coached UCA for 14 years, had a base salary of $138,000 plus various incentives that included media appearances that potentially increased his income between $170,000 and $180,000.
"Every time you make a coaching change, you have to pay more," Teague said. "The market changes and it takes off. That’s the nature of coaching and in a lot of businesses."
Teague said he was amazed at the number of quality candidates who inquired about the job.
He said Campbell was the only candidate who was actually offered the job. Two others were interviewed, Abilene Christian’s Ken Collums and Cabot athletic director Steve Roberts, a former coach at Arkansas State.
Campbell left Delta State before Teague became athletic director there in 2003.
"I knew about him and he’s always been on my radar," Teague said. "I actually offered him a job at Delta State in 2006 and he turned me down. Then, he went on to win 85 percent of his games and got better.
"I was impressed with the character of the kids he brought in. Character wins over talent any day. Kids with character make good teammates and good teammates make winning teams."
He said the criteria for a new coach were: Some who was unselfish and a team player with all the coaches; someone who emphasized more than just football and cared about success in the classroom and off the field; some who was a successful coach; and someone who had a strong desire to be at UCA.
He said Conque is taking five of his assistants with him to Stephen F. Austin — defensive coordinator Matt Williamson, wide receivers coaching Matt Kubik, defensive line coach Dan Augustine, offensive line coach Bill Best and running backs coach Jeremy Hammock. He said quarterback coach/offensive coordinator Nathan Brown was offered a job at SFA but chose to remain at UCA, and Campbell has committed to keeping him on his staff.
Defensive backfield coach Dave Wheeler was also not taken by Conque to SFA and will interview for a position on the new staff along with Brooks Hollingsworth, defensive backfield assistant Seth Allison and director of football operations/recruiting coordinator Robert "Boomer" Cummingham, all former UCA players who were present at Friday’s news conference.