Jan. 15, 2001
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB head football coach Watson Brown has received a two-year contract extension through 2005 and an increase to his base salary from $140,000 to $200,000, UAB Athletic Director Herman Frazier announced.
"Coach Brown has done a tremendous job here. We looked at the top salaries for coaches in Conference USA and we believe we are in that range," Frazier said. "We also are in the process of adjusting compensation for our assistant coaches. We are committed to this program, we are very proud of our success to date, and we are looking forward to a great season next fall."
In addition to extending Brown's contract, UAB is exploring how to improve its existing on-campus football facilities to meet the needs of the coaches and players.
"We're proud of what we've been able to accomplish at this point with this program," Brown said. "We are very excited about the commitment from Herman Frazier and (UAB President) Dr. Reynolds in relation to what is necessary for our continued success in the future."
Brown originally signed with UAB in 1995, guiding the program's move to Division I. This year the Blazers finished 7-4, their first winning season since moving to the NCAA's top level.
"Watson Brown has developed a winning program for his players and the Blazer fans," said President Reynolds. "I've been impressed with the camaraderie and academic values Coach Brown and his assistant coaches impart to our student-athletes."