Dickert inks deal with WSU through 2027

Jake Dickert signed a contract extension that will keep him with the school through 2027



WSU head coach Jake Dickert enters the field before the 2022 Spring Game, April 23, at Martin Stadium.

TREVOR JUNT, Evergreen deputy sports editor

WSU head coach Jake Dickert has agreed to a contract extension with WSU which would keep him with the school through the 2027 season.

Dickert was on a previous deal that he signed in 2021 that kept his ties with the school through 2026.

The financial stipulation of the deal has not been released to the public yet.

Dickert took over as interim head coach in 2021 and went 3-2 in the regular season. This was right after former coach Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Dickert won the Apple Cup for the Cougs and that cemented himself as the future head coach.

In his first full season, Dickert went 7-6 in the regular season and led the team to a bowl game. They played in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl and lost to Fresno State.

Dickert is the first head coach in program history to lead the team to two bowl games in each of his first two seasons.

He coached the WSU defense up to allowing just 22.9 points per game. This is the fewest points allowed since 2003. They finished near the top of the Pac-12 in just about every defensive category.

The program was able to record its highest cumulative grade point average in program history under the leadership of Dickert with 2.95.

WSU’s athletics director Pat Chun spoke on Dickert and the change that he’s made to the football program.

“We have watched Jake Dickert reset the foundation of WSU football that prioritizes family, selflessness, toughness, leadership, and the total development of the young men on our football team,” Chun said. “We are fortunate to have Coach Dickert leading Cougar football for many years to come.”

“I would like to thank President [Kirk] Schulz, Chancellor [Elizabeth] Chilton and our Athletic Director Pat Chun for the incredible support and shared vision in the direction of our football program,” Dickert said. “Our family is extremely proud to represent Washington State University, and Candice and I look forward to making Pullman our home for many years to come. We love pouring our heart and soul into WSU and look forward to Cougs everywhere continuing to help us build towards a championship here on the Palouse. Go Cougs!”