Wyoming’s Craig Bohl Announces Retirement After 10 Years as Head Coach

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Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl will retire after 10 seasons with the Cowboys, the program announced on Wednesday.

Bohl will coach his final game when Wyoming (8–4) takes on Toledo (11–2) in the 2023 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl on Dec. 30. He ends his coaching career after registering the longest head-coaching tenure in school history.

During his tenure, the 65-year-old led the Cowboys to six winning seasons in the Mountain West Conference and three bowl victories in six appearances. Bohl described his coaching job at Wyoming as a “privilege” but also stated it was time for the program to have new leadership.

“I felt like now was the time for me step away and entrust the program to new leadership,” Bohl said in a statement. “…I can’t thank [Wyoming athletics director] Tom [Burman] enough for giving me the opportunity to serve as head coach of a Cowboy Football program that I have been proud to lead and that will always have a special place in my heart.”

Craig Bohl after winning the Potato Bowl.

Craig Bohl is retiring as Wyoming football coach after the longest tenure in the program’s history.

“There’s one more ballgame before I ride off as an old Cowboy,” he added. “Let’s Ride for the Brand one more time and get a win in Tucson. Go Pokes!”

Bohl will stay involved with college football after retiring from coaching. He will take over as the executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, according to Yahoo Sports’s Ross Dellenger. Bohl previously served as AFCA president during the 2022 season.

Bohl’s record at Wyoming is 60–60 heading into the Cowboys postseason bowl game while his overall coaching record sits at 164–92. In his Cowboys’ tenure, Bohl sent eight Wyoming players to the NFL, including the program’s highest draft selection in Bills quarterback Josh Allen at No. 7 in 2018.

In addition to notching a winning record in the ’23 campaign, he registered two victories against top 25 opponents—Texas Tech and Fresno State—this season. Prior to Wyoming, Bohl coached at North Dakota State, where he won three FCS national championships in ’11, ’12 and ’13.

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