University of Missouri

Annual salary information released for new Missouri athletics personnel

Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades
Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades AP

Final contracts are still being finalized, so the details of three recent additions to the Missouri athletics department haven’t come into full focus.

But annual salary terms for Tigers athletic director Mack Rhoades, defensive coordinator Barry Odom and safeties coach Ryan Walters were released Friday as a Sunshine Law request by The Star.

▪ Rhoades, who was hired in March after Mike Alden announced his retirement in late January, will receive an annual base salary of $600,000. In 2013, Rhoades’ salary at Houston was $537,600 per year.

▪ Odom, who was hired from Memphis in December, is set to make $625,000, which represents a nearly 68-percent raise in his annual salary. He earned $372,113 last season at Memphis, where he spent three years as defensive coordinator.

Odom, who played linebacker at Missouri during 1996-99 and served on coach Gary Pinkel’s staff with the Tigers in various capacities during 2003-11, was the 132nd highest-paid assistant coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision, according to the USA Today salary database.

Odom’s predecessor, Dave Steckel, who left to become the coach at Missouri State, received $600,000, which ranked 36th nationally among assistant coaches.

▪ Walters, who also coached at Memphis before joining Pinkel’s staff, was hired in February to replace Alex Grinch, who left to become the defensive coordinator at Washington State.

Walters is set to make $240,000 this season, a 36-percent increase from the $176,000 he earned last season at Memphis.

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