The Washington Times - January 30, 2012, 01:22PM

Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will make $350,000 in guaranteed compensation annually over the next two years according to the contract he signed earlier this month.

A copy of Stewart’s contract was obtained through an open records request with the school.


Stewart will receive $262,500 in base pay this year. He will receive an additional $87,500, spread evenly between four areas: Radio and television appearances, personal appearances for the university, fundraising activities and service, equipment and apparel endorsements. In addition, he will receive a $6,000 car allowance and a $1,440 phone allowance each year.

Stewart was hired earlier this month as a replacement for Todd Bradford, whose three-year contract also guaranteed him $350,000 annually. He and Maryland agreed to an undisclosed buyout earlier this month.

Stewart is one of two new coordinators hired since the end of the season. Maryland replaced former offensive coordinator Gary Crowton with ex-New Mexico coach Mike Locksley, who received a four-year deal worth $500,000 in guaranteed annual compensation.

Like the rest of second-year coach Randy Edsall’s current set of assistants besides Locksley, Stewart is signed through the 2013 season.

Stewart’s deal does not include a bonus for Maryland’s recruiting rankings at a national or conference level like Locksley’s does. But Stewart can earn $20,000 if he is named the national assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association.

He can also collect bonuses based on Maryland’s graduation rate, Academic Progress Rate score and the Terrapins’ ability to reach and win ACC title games and bowl games. Stewart also received $15,000 in relocation assistance.

Stewart was hired after spending 2010 and 2011 as Houston’s defensive coordinator, his first college job since 2002. For much of the last decade, he was an NFL assistant and served as Dallas’ defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008.

Stewart was hired Jan. 17 to replace Bradford, who lasted only one season as Maryland’s defensive coordinator. Stewart, who plans to install a 3-4 scheme, is the Terps’ fourth full-time defensive coordinator in five seasons.

He inherits a defense that ranked 102nd in scoring defense, 108th in total defense and 111th in rushing defense nationally out of 120 major-college programs. The Terps yielded 457.2 yards per game, their most since 1993. The 219.8 rushing yards allowed was Maryland’s worst since 1994.

—- Patrick Stevens