Jay Niemann

Jay Niemann

LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming football program once again has an opening on its coaching staff.

Linebackers coach Jay Niemann, who was hired in February, has accepted a job as assistant defensive line coach at Iowa, the school announced Thursday.

Niemann replaced defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Scottie Hazelton at UW, who took a similar position at Kansas State.

Niemann, 58, has a lot of ties to Iowa. He was born in Harlan, Iowa, went to high school in Avoca and played at Iowa State from 1979-82.

As a college football coach, Niemann worked eight years at Drake in Des Moines, five years at Northern Iowa and six years as the head coach at Division III Simpson College in Indianola.

Niemann’s son, Nick, is a junior linebacker at Iowa. Another son, Ben, also played at Iowa.

Niemann, who enters his 35th year as a college coach, was most recently the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Rutgers from 2016-18. Prior to that, Niemann served as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Northern Illinois from 2011-15.

It has been a busy offseason in terms of the UW coaching staff.

Sixth-year UW coach Craig Bohl decided not to retain offensive line coach Scott Fuchs. He replaced him with Klayton Adams from Colorado, but less than two weeks on the job Adams took a job as assistant offensive line coach with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. UW hired Bart Miller from Ohio to replace Adams.

Shannon Moore was hired to replace fullbacks/tight ends coach Mike Bath, who is now at Western Michigan.

UW also promoted Jake Dickert to defensive coordinator after coaching the Cowboys’ safeties the previous two seasons. Dickert still coaches the safeties. And, defensive ends coach AJ Cooper was promoted to also be the Cowboys’ defensive run game coordinator.

Robert Gagliardi is the WyoSports senior editor. He can be reached at rgagliardi@wyosports.net or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.

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