Wyoming Cowboys lose defensive line coach Pete Kaligis to Washington State | national
LARAMIE – Pete Kaligis trades the Bronze Shoes rivalry for the Apple Cup.
Kaligis, Wyoming assistant since 2009 and defensive line coach to head coach Craig Bohl since 2014, is leaving the program to join the team of former UW defensive coordinator Jake Dickert in Washington state , confirmed the Star-Tribune.
ESPN was the first outlet to report the hiring of Kaligis by Dickert, who also coached the offensive line (2009-11) and running backs (2012-13) during his 13 seasons with the Cowboys working for Dave. Christensen and Bohl.
Kaligis has deep roots in Washington State as a player for the 1991 Huskies National Championship team and an All-American shot putter for his alma mater. He was also a strength trainer in Western Washington and Washington before becoming a full-time assistant in Montana in 2005.
Dickert worked with Kaligis as Wyoming Security Coach (2017-18) and Defensive Coordinator (2019) before becoming Washington State Defensive Coordinator in 2020.
Following Nick Rolovich’s mid-season sacking, Dickert was named interim coach and then promoted to head coach after guiding the Cougars to a bowl game and victory over rival Washington in the Apple Cup.
Kaligis’ base salary for 2021 was $ 190,008, down from $ 200,004 the year before due to sports department salary cuts taken to reduce the financial impact of the Wyoming pandemic.
Former Washington State Defensive Line coach Ricky Logo – one of three assistants fired with Rolovich for failing to meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements for state employees – had a salary base of $ 297,700 in 2020.
Bohl will have to replace Wyoming’s longest-serving assistant this offseason and decide which coach will manage the defensive line for the team’s bowl game.
The The Division I football oversight committee was approved on Thursday the addition of an additional bowl game this year, which means all eligible teams will receive an invite.
The Cowboys (6-6) will learn where they are heading for the playoffs on Sunday.
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