The Wyoming Cowboys needed to find a coach that could bring back winning to Laramie, and they found the guy for the job in 2013.
Craig Bohl came to Wyoming after building NDSU into a powerhouse, and we’re looking at the details of the contract and salary that got him here.
Craig Bohl Salary and Contract in 2023
When he came to Laramie in 2013, Bohl knew the challenges he was inheriting. No surprise, he worked through plenty of those challenges when he took over the NDSU program.
Craig Bohl signed an initial 5-year contract with Wyoming in 2013 with a base salary of $300,000 (nearly a $100,000 raise from his contract extension with the Bison). He got an additional $450,000 in 2014 and a yearly bump of $50,000.
In 2016, after leading the Cowboys to their first 8-win season since 2011 and winning conference coach of the year, Bohl received a contract extension through the 2023 season. His base salary jumped up to $1.4 million and received yearly increases as well.
After producing 4 straight bowl-eligible teams from 2016 to 2019, Wyoming gave Bohl a contract extension during the 2020 season. The deal extended his contract 1 extra year through the 2024 season but did not include a pay raise.
Through the 2022 season, Wyoming went 52-56 under Bohl. Take away the first two seasons where the Cowboys went a combined 6-18, and that record goes to 46-38. All Craig Bohl does is build programs, and he’s earned the bumps in salary that come with the contract extensions.
Bohl Net Worth
While there hasn’t been any reporting about Bohl’s bonuses for certain achievements since his initial contract, there are some terms from his first contract worth noting.
He received $20,000 for each Mountain West win in a season (up to $160,000). He also earned one month’s base salary for making a bowl game or a Mountain West Championship Game appearance.
If the Cowboys finished in the Top 25, he received $25,000, and he also would get $70,000 if Wyoming sold 10,000 or more season tickets. Given his success in Laramie, it’s safe to say the latter was earned at some point during his tenure.
If Wyoming had a team GPA of 2.8 or higher, Bohl received another $50,000. Another $50,000 would be given to him as an annual speaker and appearance fee. He also received a housing allowance of $750 per month in his initial contract.
The extension through only the 2024 season is interesting because it doesn’t feel like he’s going anywhere but retiring after Wyoming. At 65 years old at the start of the 2023 season, the contingency plan post-Bohl is something to keep an eye on.