University of Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman said he wanted to bring a toughness back to the Cowboy football program when he went on a search for a new coach. Burman got the man he was looking for, as North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl was named the 32nd football coach at Wyoming. Bohl’s teams have won the last two FCS national championships, and are gunning for a third straight this season. In 11 seasons at NDSU, Bohl was 101-32, directing the Bison to the FCS playoffs the last four seasons. Bohl seems like a high character guy, as he was very emotional when talking about his program in Fargo, and Burman says that high character trait was another reason he was looking at Bohl.
Bohl felt he had accomplished all he could do at North Dakota State and felt that Wyoming was the perfect fit for him at this point. He did says that there were only a few programs that he felt were the right fits for him and that he’s excited to lead the Cowboys. Bohl has a trademark of tough defenses and explosive offenses with the Bison, and feels he can bring the same attitude to Laramie.
There were a number of players at the press conference, and all seemed excited that Bohl was named the head coach. Running back Shaun Wick tweeted Saturday night, “Back to the good ole power offense.” Wick was thinking about potential coaches and Bohl was one of the guys that came to mind. He says that it’s a great fit for the Cowboys.
Bohl’s contract will pay him a guaranteed $750,000 his first year. The contract will escalate each successive year with incentives. His annual base salary is $300,000, with the $450,000 in guaranteed compensation this year, $500,000 in 2015, $550,000 in 2016, $600,000 in 2017, and $650,000 in 2018. So Bohl would make $950,000 in the final year of his contract. Bohl also has opportunities to make more money with several incentives, including $20,000 dollars per MW victory, one month base salary for a bowl game or conference championship.