LARAMIE — Scottie Hazelton and Craig Bohl will be coaching together once again.
Hazelton, previously the assistant linebackers coach for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, was named the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Tuesday, filling the role vacated when Steve Stanard’s contract was not renewed.
Hazelton was an assistant under Bohl at North Dakota State, first as a defensive line coach from 2007-09 and then as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 2010-11.
“Scottie Hazelton brings a great body of experience, having coached in the NFL, in the PAC-12 and the Mountain West,” Bohl said in a release. “Most importantly, he was an architect of the start of our great defenses that we had at North Dakota State.
“Scottie and I have a long history together. We’re excited about welcoming him, Brooke and their family to Wyoming. He hails from Brighton, (Colorado), so he is very familiar with this area. Scottie will add a great deal of vision coordinating our defense — a defense he has many years of experience in running.”
Hazelton left Fargo, North Dakota, to be the linebackers coach at Southern California after the Bison won their first of three consecutive FCS championships under Bohl. He then was Nevada’s defensive coordinator in 2013 before spending the past three seasons with the Jaguars as an assistant linebackers coach.
“I’m so excited to become a Cowboy,” Hazelton said in the release. “Even though I’ve never lived in Wyoming, it feels like I’m coming home because of the history I have with Craig and his staff. I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to help continue the tradition and culture of Cowboy football. I’m anxious to get started.”
Before North Dakota State, where he was also a graduate assistant from 2000-01 Hazelton coached at Michigan Tech (linebackers coach and special teams coordinator), Missouri Southern State (defensive coordinator, safeties coach and recruiting coordinator), St. Olaf College (defensive backs coach coach and recruiting coordinator) and Fort Lewis College (defensive backs coach and interim defensive coordinator).
Stanard was Wyoming’s linebackers coach and defensive coordinator for Bohl’s first three seasons with the Cowboys. He coached linebackers during Bohl’s final two seasons at North Dakota State. It was announced Dec. 30 that Stanard’s contract would not be renewed.
The Cowboys finished their 2016 season 102nd nationally in total defense and 101st in scoring defense. Wyoming was one of three FBS defenses to allow 6.3 or more yards per play each of the last three seasons.