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UM strength coach’s contract: $250K a year

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Kevin Tolbert, Michigan’s strength and conditioning director, will make $250,000 this year, according to his contract obtained by The News on Saturday through a public records request.

There is no contract length — the agreement signed on Jan. 5 will continue “for an indefinite period,” and he will be paid that base salary annually. The university has the right to terminate Tolbert's employment without cause, according to the contract.

Michigan also will pay him $25,000 for relocation expenses.

Tolbert, who spent seven seasons as an assistant strength coach at Michigan through 2007, was hired last month by new coach Jim Harbaugh, with whom he worked the previous six years. Tolbert was assistant strength coach of the San Francisco 49ers the last four seasons while Harbaugh was head coach.

The university recently released the contracts for Harbaugh’s nine assistant coaches. Harbaugh’s contract calls for a pool of $4-$5 million for his assistant coaches, not including the strength coach. His assistants will make $4.3 million this year, including $3.87 million in base salary.