The UM System Board of Curators has approved initial new employment terms for former Football Coach Gary Pinkel. Pinkel, who announced his retirement for health-related reasons on Nov. 13 th , is staying on with Mizzou Athletics for the next three years.
Pinkel’s role within Athletics will include assisting with fundraising opportunities and donor/fan engagement, as well as serving as a general ambassador related to public appearances and advising as requested on matters related to football and other issues. Additional duties will also be considered.
Prior to the New Year, the Board approved details of the new role for Pinkel, who stepped down as Mizzou’s all-time winningest coach with 118 wins in 15 seasons (2001-15).
Terms of the agreement, beginning Jan. 1, 2016 and ending Dec. 31, 2018, call for Pinkel to be paid $350,000 annually for the first two years (through Dec. 31, 2017). The final year of the agreement will pay him $250,000 (Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2018).
“I am very grateful to the Board of Curators and to President Middleton, Chancellor Foley and tofor this opportunity,” said Pinkel. “I’ve said all along that when my coaching days were done, I would still need to be involved in a meaningful way, and this does that for me. I’m excited to be in this role where I can still provide an impact for a place that means so much to me and my family,” he said.
“We’re really pleased to have Coach Pinkel continue as part of our team,” said Director of Athletics. “It was very important for us to find the right way to keep the winningest coach in Mizzou history engaged, and we’re excited for the value Gary can bring to the table going forward. Schools around the country are finding ways to keep institutional treasures like Gary Pinkel, Frank Beamer and Steve Spurrier in the fold even after they are done carrying a whistle,” said Rhoades.
Pinkel’s new contract will be released once fully-executed.