“I think he was trying to get us in the middle of the pack,” Johnson said. “We had done nothing, and we were at the very end. I think he’s got a plan to try to catch us up.”
In the 2016 USA Today database, the 2017 pool of $2,914,515 would rank seventh in the ACC. The 15 percent increase in the assistant salary pool, from $2.5 million to $2.9 million, is not insignificant in the context of the finances of the Tech athletic department. The Georgia Tech Athletic Association recorded a $3 million deficit in the 2017 fiscal year (it entered the year with a fund balance of $6.5 million) and is projected to break even in the 2018 fiscal year. The line item for personnel expenses in the budget from fiscal year 2017 to 2018 increased 3 percent.
The raises were one of a series of investments that Stansbury has made in Johnson's team, including a $500,000 renovation to the lobby of the football offices (funded with revenues from the department's rental agreement with Atlanta United) and the roughly $4 million renovation of the locker room (to be paid for through fundraising), expected to be finished in time for the 2018 preseason.
Among position coaches, the range was from $183,345 (Candeto) to $292,381 (Sewak).
Of Johnson’s nine assistants, Owens was the only coach to receive a $60,000 raise, from $203,345 to $263,345, which Johnson said was in recognition of his recruiting efforts.