By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor
LSU’s Board of Supervisors approved the contract for new offensive coordinator Matt Canada and signed off on new deals for defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and strength coach Tommy Moffitt at Friday’s meeting.
Joe Alleva presented the contracts for the trio, as well as beach volleyball coach Russell Brock and track coach Dennis Shaver, in front of the board’s athletic committee, chaired by Blake Chatelain. The deal for Ed Orgeron will be presented at the next meeting, Chatelain said.
Aranda’s deal — which Alleva said will make him “probably the highest” paid coordinator in the country — was extended from March 31, 2019 to March 31, 2020. He’ll make $1.3 million in 2017, with a $500,000 increase in both 2018 and 2019.
“I would consider him the very best, or one of the very best defensive coordinators in the country,” Alleva said.
Canada will make $1.5 million annually for three years, and Alleva noted USA Today recently ranked him “the best assistant coach hire this offseason.”
Alleva reserved extended praise for Moffitt, who is in his 17th year at LSU, calling him “the dean of strength coaches.” His contract, worth $400,000 annually over three years,
“Tommy Moffitt spends more time with our football players than our coaches spend with them,” Alleva said. “Tommy Moffitt’s on the cutting edge of training. He constantly adapts to new techniques.”
- Shaver’s deal, Alleva said, makes him the “third highest paid in the SEC” among track coaches.
- Alleva noted the beach volleyball team, which currently plays offsite, is planning to move into the old tennis stadium, which will be converted into a beach volleyball site
- Alleva on beach volleyball: “It’s a sport that right now is not a certified SEC sport, but we believe because of gender equity there will be enough teams to have an SEC champion. It’s the fastest growing women’s sport.”