Another veteran presence is joining the Wyoming Football coaching staff, as head coach Craig Bohl has hired Jay Niemann as the new linebackers coach at UW.

Jay Niemann, Wyoming Football, Linebackers, 2019
Courtesy: Univ. of Wyoming Athletics

Bohl announced the move Monday. Niemann will be entering his 35th season as a college coach in 2019. He’s been the defensive coordinator at Rutgers for the last three seasons and was DC at Northern Illinois from 2011-2015.

Bohl pointed to Niemann’s knowledge in a release from the University of Wyoming.

“Jay brings great experience to our staff. He has operated as a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at all levels of college football. He was part of a very successful program at Northern Illinois. His understanding of coaching linebackers should really benefit our linebacker group, and he will bring a wealth of knowledge overall to our defensive meeting room.”

Niemann expressed joy in coming to Wyoming.

“I am thrilled to be joining Coach (Craig) Bohl’s staff and becoming a part of the Cowboy football family. I have followed Coach Bohl since his days at Nebraska, and I have always had tremendous respect and admiration for his success. He embodies what coaching is all about by operating with great integrity and class and developing players into young men who will be successful in life. It isn’t often you get the privilege to work for a coach who has won multiple national championships. It truly is a blessing, and I am thankful to have this opportunity.”

Niemann also has coaching stops at Hardin-Simmons, Simpson College as head coach from 2002-2007, Northern Iowa, Drake, Washington, and Western Washington. His coaching career goes back to 1985. Niemann played college football as a linebacker at Iowa State from 1979-82.

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