UGA assistant basketball coach Hayes’ promotion comes with big bump in pay

Georgia’s Jonas Hayes more than tripled his annual salary with his promotion to assistant men’s basketball coach.

Hayes will earn $150,000 annually, according to information obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald in an open records request. The former Georgia player from 2002-04 was making $45,000 a year as the program’s operations coordinator.

Hayes, 31, replaced Kwanza Johnson, who left to become an assistant at TCU.

Johnson was the highest-paid assistant on coach Mark Fox’s staff at $185,000. Now Philip Pearson makes the most annually of the assistants at $170,000. Stacey Palmore’s salary is $160,000.

Pearson and Palmore are entering their fifth seasons as Georgia assistants.

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