New Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich is putting together his new coaching staff in Pullman, and he is picking from an old Mountain West Conference foe to fill some spots. Jake Dickert, who had been Wyoming’s defensive coordinator for the past season, will join Rolovich and the Cougars to fill the same role. And that’s not all. Dickert will reportedly be bringing two more Wyoming defensive coaches with him; defensive ends coach AJ Cooper and cornerbacks coach John Richardson.
#WashingtonState is hiring #Wyoming defensive coordinator Jake Dickert for the same role, sources said. Wyoming has confirmed Dickert is leaving for WSU, along with two other Wyoming assistants, AJ Cooper and John Richardson.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 19, 2020
Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl announced Sunday defensive coordinator Jake Dickert, defensive ends coach & co-special teams coordinator AJ Cooper and cornerbacks coach John Richardson will be seeking coaching opportunities with Washington State. https://t.co/bY1vibcFii
— Ian McMackin (@GoWyoGo_com) January 19, 2020
While that is a bit of a shakeup for Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl to deal with at Wyoming, it will help Rolovich put together his first coaching staff at a power conference program. Bringing in some coaches he has a familiarity with makes sense, especially considering how Wyoming has typically played on a defensive level in the last few seasons. If Washington State is going to contend for a Pac-12 title under Rolovich, improving the defensive side of the football will be essential in a division that also features defending Pac-12 champion Oregon and Washington.
Dickert also coached linebackers at Wyoming in addition to serving as defensive coordinator.