Missouri coach Gary Pinkel won’t be returning to the sideline in 2016, but he will still be involved with the athletic department.
The university announced in a press release Thursday that Pinkel would remain employed within Missouri athletics for the next three years as a program ambassador and an assistant in fundraising and donor engagement.
“I am very grateful to the Board of Curators and to President Middleton, Chancellor Foley and to Mack Rhoades for this opportunity,” Pinkel said in a statement. “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.”
The most successful coach in program history announced in November he would be retiring from coaching for health-related reasons. His new role, which officially began on New Year’s Day, will pay him a total of $950,000 for three years, according to the release.