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New contract details for K-State defensive coordinator Blake Seiler

Kansas State defensive coordinator Blake Seiler
Kansas State defensive coordinator Blake Seiler K-State athletics

Blake Seiler’s promotion to Kansas State defensive coordinator comes with a new contract and a substantial raise.

Seiler will earn $440,000 in base salary this year. That amount will increase by $25,000 annually until his contract expires on April 30, 2021, according to a copy of the deal obtained through an open records request.

He was previously making $265,000 as the team’s linebackers coach.

Seiler, a former Bishop Carroll standout and K-State player, can also earn up to an extra 32 percent of his base salary in performance-based bonuses that range from helping the Wildcats reach a bowl game to winning a national championship.

His contract also includes an annual car allowance of $8,000, golfing privileges at Colbert Hills Golf Course and up to six complimentary tickets to all regular season K-State athletic events.

If Seiler chooses to take another job before his contract ends, he will owe K-State three months salary, unless he leaves for a NFL job or a head-coaching position at the college level. K-State will owe Seiler one year of salary or the remainder of his contract, depending on which number is lower, if he is terminated without cause.

Seiler’s contract is similar to the new deal signed by offensive coordinator Andre Coleman, who will also make $440,000 this year.

Snyder promoted Seiler to defensive coordinator last week following the retirement of Tom Hayes. He also announced the hiring of Brian Norwood as the team’s new defensive backs coach.

Norwood, a veteran with 27 years of coaching experience, hasn’t signed his contract, according to K-State executive associate AD/finance administration Bruce Shubert. New contracts are also expected for defensive assistants Jon Fabris (defensive ends) and Mo Latimore (defensive tackles).

Most K-State assistants will receive new employment agreements this offseason.

Collin Klein is now making $300,000 per year as K-State’s passing game coordinator and Charlie Dickey is now earning $480,000 as the team’s running game coordinator.

The Wildcats also hired former players Zach Hanson (tight ends) and Eric Hickson (running backs) as new assistant coaches. They will both earn $210,000 this year.

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett