Bohl at 2016 Mountain West Media Days
July 27, 1958 |
|Alma mater||Nebraska, 1982|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1984||North Dakota State (DB)|
|2003–2013||North Dakota State|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||13–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|3 NCAA Division I National (2011–2013)
1 Great West (2006)
3 MVFC (2011–2013)
1 MW Mountain Division
|2× Eddie Robinson Award (2012–2013)
2× AFCA Coach of the Year (2012–2013)
MW Coach of the Year (2016)
3× MVFC Coach of the Year (2011–2013)
Craig Philip Bohl (born July 27, 1958) is a college football coach and former player, currently the head coach at the University of Wyoming. He was previously the head coach at North Dakota State University in Fargo from 2003 to 2013, where he led the Bison to three consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championships in his final three seasons.
Bohl was an assistant coach at his alma mater Nebraska for eight seasons, the last three as defensive coordinator, when he moved to NDSU in 2003. Its 32nd head football coach, he led the Bison to their first ever FCS Championship title in 2011, beating Sam Houston State 17–6 in the final. On January 1, 2013, North Dakota State gave Bohl an eight-year contract extension through the 2020 season, and four days later, he rewarded them by leading the Bison to their second consecutive FCS Championship, defeating Sam Houston State again, 39–13.
In the 2013 season opener on August 30, NDSU upset defending Big 12 champion Kansas State 24-21. Senior quarterback Brock Jensen led them on a 75-yard touchdown drive to get the Bison ahead, and right after Jensen's touchdown Kansas State got the ball back and senior Grant Olson intercepted the ball to officially seal the win. This was the Bison's biggest win in history and their first win over Kansas State. Bohl won more games than any other NDSU head football coach; he surpassed Rocky Hager on September 21 with his 92nd win.
On Saturday, January 4, 2014, he led the Bison to their third straight FCS football championship, downing Towson 35-7. The Bison were the second team in FCS history to three straight national championships, right behind Appalachian State (2005–2007).
On November 29, 2016, Bohl was selected as the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year.
Head coaching record
|North Dakota State Bison (North Central Conference) (2003)|
|2003||North Dakota State||8–3||5–2||T–2nd||10||22|
|North Dakota State Bison (Great West Conference) (2004–2007)|
|2004||North Dakota State||8–3||2–3||3rd||Ineligible||23||23|
|2005||North Dakota State||7–4||3–2||3rd||Ineligible|
|2006||North Dakota State||10–1||4–0||1st||Ineligible||5||5|
|2007||North Dakota State||10–1||3–1||2nd||Ineligible||9||9|
|North Dakota State Bison (Missouri Valley Football Conference) (2008–2013)|
|2008||North Dakota State||6–5||4–4||T–4th|
|2009||North Dakota State||3–8||2–6||7th|
|2010||North Dakota State||9–5||4–4||T–3rd||L NCAA Division I Quarterfinal||9||9|
|2011||North Dakota State||14–1||7–1||T–1st||W NCAA Division I Championship||1||1|
|2012||North Dakota State||14–1||7–1||1st||W NCAA Division I Championship||1||1|
|2013||North Dakota State||15–0||8–0||1st||W NCAA Division I Championship||1||1|
|North Dakota State:||104–32||49–24|
|Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain West Conference) (2014–present)|
|2016||Wyoming||8–6||6–2||T–1st (Mountain)||L Poinsettia|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from the final Dopke poll for North Dakota State (2003), final Sports Network poll for North Dakota State (2004–2013), and AP Poll for Wyoming from 2014 to present..
°Rankings from the AFCA Poll for North Dakota State (2003), FCS Coaches' Poll for North Dakota State (2004–2013) and USA Today Coaches' Poll for Wyoming (2014–present)..
Assistants under Craig Bohl who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:
- Gus Bradley: Jacksonville Jaguars (2013–2016)
- Chris Klieman: North Dakota State Bison football (2014-present)
- Curt Mallory: Indiana State (2017–present)
- Bison Repeat as FCS National Champions With 39-13 Win Over Sam Houston State
- "Bohl to be Named Head Coach at Wyoming, Will Coach NDSU Through Playoffs" (Press release). North Dakota State University Athletics. December 8, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- Craig Bohl Hired as Wyoming Head Football Coach
- Coach of the Year