Being named to a head coaching position for a college football program can be an assistant's dream. But, sometimes, the top job at one college isn't as lucrative as an assistant's role at another.
Randy Edsall was the highest paid state employee in Maryland in 2016, despite not coaching a game in the state, The Sun's salaries database reveals.
But it also pays to be an assistant coach for the Terps.
Former interim coach Mike Locksley — who filled Edsall's role after his firing in 2015, but wasn't retained as the coach thereafter — was paid $460,000 in 2016.
Three of the assistant coaches under new head coach D.J. Durkin earned notable salaries in 2016. Offensive coordinator Walt Bell ($507K), defensive coordinator Andy Buh ($483K) and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Pete Lembo ($362K) earned more than a head coach at another Division I program in the state.
Towson football coach Rob Ambrose — who served as Edsall's assistant when the pair was in Connecticut — earned $334,000 last year, the database revealed.
At Morgan State, Fred Farrier takes over in his first year as the head football coach after being paid $166,000 as the interim coach in 2016. At Division III, Sherman Wood made $93,000 at Salisbury and DeLane Fitzgerald was paid $93,000 at Frostburg.
Football pays well. But so, too, do other sports at Maryland.
Maryland women's basketball coach Brenda Frese was paid $1,103,000 in 2016.
Maryland men's soccer coach Sasho Cirovski, who won national championships in 2005 and 2008, was paid $602,000 in 2016. Maryland men's lacrosse coach John Tillman, whose team plays in the Final Four this weekend, was paid $341,000 last year. Maryland women's lacrosse coach Cathy Reese was paid $257,000 in 2016. Those figures were at the top of the statewide list for their respective sports.
Maryland's assistants for the men's basketball team did OK, too. Dustin Clark was paid $251,000 and Bino Ranson was paid $247,000 in 2016.
The highest paid coach outside of those calling College Park home: Towson men's basketball coach Pat Skerry, who was paid $443,000 in 2016.
Other men's basketball coaches in the state:
— Morgan State's Todd Bozeman was paid $254,000.
— UMBC's Ryan Odom was paid $160,000 in 2016.
— Juan Dixon is beginning his first year at Coppin State. He earned $62,000 in 2016 from the University of Maryland in a season in which he coached the women's team at the University of the District of Columbia. He replaces Michael Grant, who was paid $147,000 in his final year in West Baltimore.
Other women's basketball coaches:
— UMBC's Phil Stern was paid $207,000 in 2016.
— Towson's Nikki Reid Geckeler was paid $178,000 in 2016.
— Morgan State interim coach Edward Davis was paid $72,000 in 2016. He replaced Donald Beasley, who was making $115,000.
— Coppin State's DeWayne Burroughs was paid $37,000 in 2016.
Other lacrosse coaches:
— Towson's Shawn Nadelen was paid $172,000 in 2016. Towson women's coach Sonia LaMonica (listed in the database under her maiden name, Judd) earned $115,000 in 2016.
— At UMBC, men's coach Don Zimmerman was paid $137,000 in his final season, while women's coach Amy Slade was paid $94,000 in 2016.
Other notable coaches:
— Maryland field hockey coach Missy Meharg was paid $207,000.
— Maryland baseball coach John Szefc was paid $259,000.
— UMBC baseball coach Bob Mumma was paid $65,000.
— Towson baseball coach Mike Gottlieb was paid $51,000 in 2016. He was not retained after completing his 30th season with the Tigers.
— UMBC men's soccer coach Pete Caringi was paid $135,000 in 2016. Women's coach Leslie Wray was paid $83,000
— Towson women's coach Greg Paynter was paid $52,000 in 2016.
Finally, here's a quick glance at the salaries for some of the notable coaches at the state's Division III schools:
Men's basketball coach Andrew Sachs was paid $61,000
Women's basketball coach Kelly Lewandowski was paid $56,000
Men's lacrosse coach Jim Berkman was paid $116,000
Women's lacrosse coach Jim Nestor was paid $66,000
Men's basketball coach Webb Hatch was paid $71,000
Women's basketball coach Carrie Saunders was paid $59,000
Men's lacrosse coach Tommy Pearce was paid $58,000
Women's lacrosse coach Hayley Engster was paid $45,000
Find the full database here.