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Jay Sawvel promoted to head coach at Wyoming

Defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel will be the next head coach at Wyoming, the school announced on Wednesday. The news comes the same day that long-time head coach Craig Bohl announced his retirement, effective after the Cowboys’ upcoming Arizona Bowl appearance (SAT 12/30).

“Jay has done a masterful job in his time at Wyoming building strong relationships with players and staff,” AD Tom Burman said. “His defense embodies Wyoming’s culture in that we play physical, disciplined and with passion. His vision on the future of Cowboy Football energized me and I feel he will help us reach a Mountain West Championship in the near future.”

Sawvel has been with the Cowboys since 2020, serving for four seasons as DC and safeties coach under Bohl. The Ohio-native has also spent time at Wake Forest (2017-18), Minnesota (2011-16), Northern Illinois (2008-10), Southern Illinois (2001-07), and Ferris State (1999-2000) after starting out as a graduate assistant at both Eastern Kentucky and Notre Dame.

“I’m excited and honored to be the next head football coach at the University of Wyoming,” Sawvel said. “I have loved working and learning under head coach Craig Bohl for the last four years. The infrastructure Coach Bohl has put into this program makes me very excited to be the next leader of this program.”

The Cowboys finished the regular season 8-4 and will play Toledo at the end of the month in the Arizona Bowl, their third-straight bowl appearance and sixth overall in ten years under Bohl.


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