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Former Wyoming safeties coach Jake Dickert was promoted to defensive coordinator following Scottie Hazelton's departure in January.

LARAMIE — The changes to Wyoming’s coaching staff came with less compensation than last year.

The Cowboys’ 10 assistants will combine to make $1,781,916 this year — $142,381 less than their total pay a year ago. The contracts for each assistant coach were recently obtained by the Star-Tribune through an open records request.

Wyoming’s assistants made a collective $1,924,297 last year to make them the third-highest paid coaching staff in the Mountain West among league teams that reported individual salaries, according to USA Today’s database. Salary totals for Hawaii were not listed while Air Force, a private school, is not required to release salary information.

The current salaries for Wyoming’s assistants would’ve ranked fourth in the league last year — Boise State’s staff ($2,345,018) was the highest compensated followed by Colorado State ($1,942,375) and Fresno State ($1,816,136), according to USA Today — but the deviation in the assistants’ total pay comes from the turnover on staff this offseason.

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Head coach Craig Bohl finalized his staff last month with the hire of safeties coach Willie Mack Garza, one of three new assistants. Bart Miller was hired to replace offensive line coach Scott Fuchs once Klayton Adams, Bohl’s first choice to fill the position, left to join the Indianapolis Colts’ staff after less than a month on the job. Shannon Moore was brought in to coach tight ends and fullbacks once Mike Bath left for Western Michigan.

Defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton was Wyoming’s highest-paid assistant last season at $400,004 before being hired for the same position at Kansas State in January. That leaves offensive coordinator Brent Vigen as the highest-paid assistant at $300,000 in base salary this year. Vigen also entered a new two-year contract as the Cowboys’ associate head coach in April and would receive a $50,000 retention bonus on Jan. 31, 2020 if he’s still in that role then.

Jake Dickert, who coached the Cowboys’ safeties the last two seasons, was promoted to replace Hazelton and received a $100,000 raise to $250,008 this year. A.J. Cooper also received a bump from $150,000 to $200,004 this year with his promotion from defensive ends coach to run-game coordinator.

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Miller will make $180,000 this year while longtime defensive line coach Pete Kaligis and cornerbacks coach John Richardson will each make $160,008 in base salary. Receivers coach Mike Grant will make $151,884. Moore and Garza will each pull in $150,000 while running backs coach Gordie Haug has the same base salary of $80,004 that he did last year.

The contracts for every assistant other than Vigen will expire Feb. 29, 2020. Vigen’s contract runs through Feb. 28, 2021.

Meanwhile, Bohl recently cashed in a sizable retention bonus in addition to his salary increase from $1,400,000 to $1,500,000. According to his contract, Bohl received a lump sum of $625,000 for still being Wyoming’s coach on March 1 and would be paid the same bonus on March 1, 2023 if he’s still the coach then.

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Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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