CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming coach Dave Christensen fired defensive coordinator Chris Tormey on Tuesday after two straight losses in which the Cowboys surrendered more than 50 points each game.
“I felt that we needed to make a change at this time to give our football team and the young men on it the best opportunity to win our remaining four regular-season games,” Christensen said in a statement. “The last two weeks, our defense has not performed up to the expectations of our coaching staff, our players, nor our fans.”
Christensen named defensive line coach Jamar Cain as interim coordinator.
Tormey, who was not available for comment Tuesday, had been Wyoming’s defensive coordinator for the past two seasons. He will be paid through his contract, which expires in December, according to the university.
The coaching change comes after news last week that UW president Bob Sternberg had hired an outside consultant to evaluate the school’s football and men’s basketball programs.
Wyoming (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) has a bye this week. The Cowboys play No. 16 Fresno State in Laramie on Nov. 9.
In the last two games, both conference matchups, Wyoming lost to Colorado State 52-22 and to San Jose State 51-44.
Tormey served as head coach at Idaho, his alma matter, from 1995-99.