Georgia Basketball Coaches Rewarded With Pay Raises


Georgia basketball Coach Mark Fox has found the right staff chemistry – both on court and on the recruiting trail – and the Dawgs have taken the steps needed to keep the staff together.

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In March, Georgia Head Basketball Coach Mark Fox signed a two-year extension on a contract that pays him $1.7 million annually.

But Fox was not the only coach rewarded for Georgia’s second consecutive 20-win season and appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament this past season.

A year after finishing in a tie for second in the SEC and winning 20 games, the Bulldogs tied for third in 2015. It is only the third time in school history Georgia recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons and was just the 13th time overall in 110 years of basketball.

All three of Fox’s assistant coaches had raises approved following Bulldogs’ 21-12 season. Lead assistant Philip Pearson received a $60,000 increase to $230,000 a year, while fellow assistant coaches Jonas Hayes and Yasir Rosemond had their compensation increased to $210,000 from $150,000 and $160,000, respectively.

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The veteran Philip Pearson has been a member of Mark Fox’s staff since he took over the Georgia basketball program in 2009. A veteran college coach, Pearson represented the Alabama program, as either a player or coach, for 16 years. He began as a graduate assistant for Wimp Sanderson at Arkansas-Little Rock in 1994. He earned high praise for his work as the Crimson Tide’s interim head coach during the last 13 games of the 2009 season. Alabama won six of those contests, including a first-round game in the SEC Tournament.

Jonas Hayes joined the Georgia staff in 2012 as Operations Coordinator. “Jonas did a terrific job for us and he earned the opportunity to move up,” Fox said told “His love of Georgia, connections in this region, and magnetic personality are great assets in recruiting for our program.”

The Atlanta native returned to Georgia after five seasons as an assistant coach at Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C. He had also served briefly as an assistant coach at South Carolina State, Morehouse College and his alma mater, Douglass High School in Atlanta.

Yasir Rosemond, a veteran of more than 10 seasons in collegiate coaching, joined the Georgia basketball staff as an Assistant Coach in 2014 after two seasons at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Rosemond came to Samford in April of 2012 after spending the 2010-11 seasons as an assistant coach at Seattle University under another native Atlantan, Cameron Dollar. Previously, he had served five seasons at his alma mater, the University of Oregon, under head coach Ernie Kent.