Laramie, Wyo. (Feb., 15, 2017) -- University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl officially announced on Wednesday the hiring of Jake Dickert as Safeties Coach for Wyoming Football.
Dickert brings with him 10 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level. He spent the 2016 season as the Safeties Coach and Co-Special Teams Coordinator at South Dakota State. Earlier in his career, Dickert was a part of Bohl’s coaching staff at North Dakota State from 2008-10.
“Coach (Jake) Dickert is a well-experienced secondary coach,” said Bohl. “He had the opportunity to coach in the National Championship Game at the Division II level at Minnesota State, Mankato. I’ve known Jake for many years. He’s a bright, ambitious young man. He communicates extremely well with players, and will add a great dimension to our defensive staff.”
“My family and I are honored to have the opportunity to join Coach Bohl’s staff at Wyoming and continue to build on the foundation of Cowboy Football,” said Dickert. “I am excited to get to know the players and have an impact on their lives on and off the field. Coach (Bohl) has created a culture of football here that I firmly believe in, and I can’t wait to get started. Go Pokes!”
In his one season on the South Dakota State coaching staff, Dickert helped guide the Jackrabbits to the 2016 Missouri Valley Football Conference Championship and a No. 8 seed in the 2016 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs, where they advanced to the FCS National Quarterfinals.
As defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Minnesota State, Mankato for the 2014 and 2015 seasons Dickert was part of a coaching staff that led the Mavericks to back-to-back Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) championships and consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff berths, earning their way to the 2014 National Championship Game. Minnesota State posted a combined record of 24-3 over that two-year span. Dickert’s 2014 defense ranked No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense (allowing opponents only 12.9 points per game), No. 4 in turnovers gained, No. 12 in pass defense efficiency and No. 15 in total defense. In 2015, the Mavericks ranked No. 5 in the nation in scoring defense (16.1 points per game), No. 3 in rushing defense, No. 7 in pass defense efficiency and No. 6 in total defense. He coached 16 All-Conference players, three First Team All-Americans and a two-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
In his first season as a college defensive coordinator in 2013 at Augustana, Dickert’s defense ranked No. 20 in the nation at the NCAA Division II level in scoring defense, giving up only 19.5 points per game. Augustana ranked second in the NSIC in pass defense, third in rushing defense and third in total defense. He coached five All-Conference players at Augustana.
In 2012, he served as the defensive backs coach at Southeast Missouri State. The Redhawks ranked No. 18 in the nation in turnovers gained (25 total) and No. 23 in interceptions (13 total). Southeast Missouri State ranked No. 2 in the Ohio Valley Conference in pass defense. Dickert also coached a First Team All-Conference strong safety at Southeast Missouri.
Dickert spent the 2011 season as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at South Dakota, where the Coyotes ranked No. 2 in the Great West Conference in fewest passing yards allowed, pass defense efficiency and interceptions. He coached three All-Conference performers while at South Dakota. On special teams, the Coyotes ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in punting average and net punting and had an individual rank in the Top 10 in punt return yards.
He joined the North Dakota State coaching staff in 2008 as a defensive graduate assistant on Bohl’s staff. In 2009 and 2010, he was elevated to serve as safeties coach for the Bison. The 2010 NDSU team advanced to the FCS National Quarterfinals.
Dickert began his college coaching career in 2007 as a defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
He played football at Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 2002-06. Dickert earned All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) honors as a wide receiver his senior season of 2006. He also was named his team’s Wide Receiver of the Year both his junior and senior seasons. UW-Stevens Point was twice ranked in the nation’s Top 25 during his playing career.
Dickert earned his bachelor of science degree in secondary math education from Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2007, and completed his master’s degree in general education, also from UW-Stevens Point in 2009.
He and his wife, Candice, have three children, daughter Rylee and sons Jett and Jace.
Jake Dickert’s Coaching Experience
2017-Present Wyoming Safeties Coach
2016 South Dakota State Co-Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties Coach
2014-15 Minnesota State, Mankato Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
2013 Augustana Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach
2012 Southeast Missouri State Defensive Backs Coach
2011 South Dakota Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach
2009-10 North Dakota State Safeties Coach
2008 North Dakota State Defensive Graduate Assistant Coach
2007 Wisconsin-Stevens Point Defensive Graduate Assistant Coach