LARAMIE — Wyoming coach Craig Bohl has another opening on his staff.
After less than three months on the job, linebackers coach Jay Niemann is set to join Iowa’s staff as an assistant defensive line coach. It's the third stop since January for Niemann, who went from an off-field analyst job at Kansas to being hired at Wyoming in February once he was let go as Rutgers’ defensive coordinator after last season.
Iowas officially announced Niemann's hire Wednesday night. The move was first reported by the Des Moines Register.
There are plenty of ties to the Big Ten program for Niemann, a native of Iowa. He has a son, Nick, that’s a fullback for the Hawkeyes. Another son, Ben, also played at Iowa and is now a linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs.
It’s the latest change to the Cowboys’ coaching staff that’s been full of them this offseason. Niemann was one of three new assistants Bohl hired. That’s not including Klayton Adams, who was Bohl’s first choice to replace Scott Fuchs as Wyoming’s offensive line coach before Adams turned around and took a job as an assistant offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
Bart Miller was hired away from Ohio to replace Adams. Shannon Miller was brought in as tight ends and fullbacks coach to replace Mike Bath, who left to join Western Michigan’s staff.
The need for another defensive assistant was created when Bohl chose to promote safeties coach Jake Dickert to defensive coordinator once Scottie Hazelton left to take the same position at Kansas State in January. Hazelton also coached linebackers in his two seasons with the Cowboys.