LARAMIE — Wyoming coach Craig Bohl rounded out his defensive coaching staff Monday with a seasoned hire.

Jay Niemann, who’s coached college football for 34 years, was added as the Cowboys’ linebackers coach. Niemann comes to Wyoming after serving as a defensive coordinator at the Football Bowl Subdivision level the last eight years, most recently at Rutgers. He was the defensive coordinator at Northern Illinois from 2011-15.

“Jay brings great experience to our staff,” Bohl said in a statement. “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 also had stints as a coordinator at Northern Iowa, Drake and Hardin-Simmons University. Niemann compiled a 32-29 record as the head coach at Simpson College, a Division III school in Indianola, Iowa, from 2002-07.

He doubled as Rutgers’ linebackers coach and also coached safeties at NIU, where he helped develop San Francisco 49ers safety and former first-round pick Jimmy Ward. He also helped coach linebackers during his time at UNI, Washington and Western Washington, where he started his coaching career in 1985.

“It isn’t often you get the privilege to work for a coach who has won multiple national championships,” Niemann said in a statement. “It truly is a blessing, and I am thankful to have this opportunity.”

Niemann’s hire filled the final vacancy Bohl had on his defensive coaching staff after he promoted safeties coach Jake Dickert to defensive coordinator. The Cowboys are back in the market for an offensive line coach after Klayton Adams left less than a month on the job to join the Indianapolis Colts’ staff.

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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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