- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - UConn football coach Bob Diaco has agreed to a two-year contract extension designed to keep him in Storrs through the 2020 football season, the school said Monday.

Spokesman Mike Enright said the new contract will pay the 43-year-old Diaco $2 million in 2019 and $2.1 million in 2020.

The deal also calls for raises of $100,000, $150,000 and $200,000 in the three remaining seasons of his old contract. That will bring his total compensation to $1.7 million this year, $1.8 million in 2017 and $1.9 million in 2018.

Diaco’s base salary remains at $400,000. The school says the additional money will be paid as bonuses and in appearance fees.

Diaco, a former defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, is entering his third season as a head coach. He was 2-10 in his first year at UConn and 6-7 last season, including a 16-10 loss to Marshall in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

According to USA Today’s salary database, which does not include a few private schools, Diaco’s current compensation package ranks him 59th among Division I head coaches.

Diaco will remain the state’s third-highest paid state employee, behind UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie and women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma.

Ollie signed a five-year, $15 million contract in 2014 and made just under $3 million in the 2015 fiscal year, according to state records. Auriemma signed a five-year, $10.8 million deal in 2013 and made more than $2.3 million in the last fiscal year.

The coaches’ salaries are paid using money raised by the athletic department through gate receipts, television contracts and other revenue streams as well as private fundraising by the UConn Foundation.

The next highest-paid state employee is Dr. Hanspaul Makkar, a dermatologist at UConn Health, who was paid just over $1.2 million during the 2015 fiscal year.

The announcement about Diaco’s contract was made three days after state lawmakers included $46 million in cuts to the university and its health center in a $19.7 billion state budget that attempts to fix a projected $960 million deficit.

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