Grantham’s new title: associate head coach

Georgia’s Todd Grantham got more than a raise in salary and contract extension this offseason.

The defensive coordinator has another title as well. After two seasons on staff, he’s now the Bulldogs’ associate head coach.

Georgia listed the new title in this season’s football media guide and in Grantham’s online bio, but didn’t make an announcement about it.

“It’s just a designation that the head coach gives to assistant coaches,” athletic director Greg McGarity said Tuesday. “That’s really the head coach’s call.”

Veteran wide receivers coach John Eason held the title of associate head coach under Mark Richt from 2005-08, but when he took an administrative job nobody on staff assumed the title.

Defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner was given the title of assistant head coach in 2005.

Grantham has said he would like to be a head coach some day. His new deal, which runs through 2014, waives any buyout he would have to pay if he is hired as a college or NFL head coach or NFL coordinator.

Grantham, also Georgia’s outside linebackers coach, got a $75,000 raise in his new deal to push his annual salary to $825,000. He’s the only Georgia assistant football coach who has received a raise this year.

Every football assistant now makes at least $200,000 annually after secondary coach Scott Lakatos and tight ends coach John Lilly got raises prior to last season to bring them to that number, which is on par with assistants Tony Ball, Will Friend and Bryan McClendon.

“What you saw last year was an effort to bring our (salary) pool up with where it should be placed,” McGarity said.

In more recent salary changes, McGarity’s top senior administrators, executive associate athletic directors Carla Williams and Frank Crumley, received raises this summer.

Williams’s salary increased $20,000 to $205,000, the same now as Crumley who was previously making $199,600.

“She and Frank are on the same level now, which I thought was important,” said McGarity, who received a $40,000 raise this year to put his salary at $500,000.

McGarity has spread out the responsibilities that former assistant athletic director Craig White had to other staff members instead of making a new hire. White left to become athletic director at Millikin University in Decatur,  Ill.

“What we try to do is sort of have a horizontal flow chart with our coaches so that you don’t have one administrator trying to supervise six or seven sports,” McGarity said. “You try to flatten it out. It helps administrators grow if they want to become athletic directors one day, it gives them something on their resume that can show that they’ve been able to work with coaches and help manage a program.”

Stephanie Ransom, promoted to assistant athletic director for business operations, will now also oversee the softball and soccer programs. She was a soccer All-American at Georgia.

Jim Booz, the senior associate athletic director for compliance, now will oversee the track programs. Associate athletic director for academic services Ted White will oversee baseball. Rhonda Kilpatrick, who works with academics and eligibility, will supervise volleyball.

Crumley will work with the men’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf programs

McGarity continues to deal directly with Richt and men’s basketball coach Mark Fox, but Crumley will take on management of the basketball program regarding such things as scheduling and road trips like McGarity did at Florida.

McGarity said Williams’ additional responsibilities including overseeing strength and conditioning.

 

 

 

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