Cougar Football moving out of Bohler

I wanted to expand upon an idea brought up in the last Podcast about the Football Operations Building. The thought was that removing the football team from Bohler Gym would drastically enlarge the amount of space for the other sports had. This is due to the massive size of the football team compared to other Men's Sports. I also wanted to look at coaches, as moving the entire football staff would result in much more office space for other coaches.

These numbers were collected from roster lists at

Sport Players on roster Coaches
Baseball 36 5
Basketball 17 7
Cross Country 8 1
Golf 11 2
Track 55 5
Football 92 20
Total 219 40
% Football 42.0% 48.8%

Some notes on this:

  • These rosters include non-scholarship players (i.e. walk-ons, grey shirts and preferred walk-ons)
  • Football had a significant number of graduate assistants, hence the larger percentage of coaches.
  • I am not sure if any teams are stationed somewhere other than Bohler.

Seeing as how Bohler Gym also includes Women's Athletics, I also looked into the total number of roster athletes and coaches that WSU has.

Players on roster Coaches
Women's 238 30
Men's 219 40
Total 457 64
% Football 20.1% 31.3%

  • I would have expected the numbers to be equal due to Title IX, perhaps with men outnumbering the women due to walk-ons in football, which is easily the largest sport. However, I do not pretend to understand scholarships in any of the non revenue generating sports.
  • Men's Athletics do have more coaches, which makes sense with the large number of Graduate Assistants on the football team. This is the same reason for the larger % Football Coaches among all mens coaches. Though, I significantly doubt that GAs gett much in the way of offices.
  • There is overlap in coaches for the Men and Women Cross Country and Track teams. Thus, the total number of coaches is less than the sum of the Men's and Women's.
  • Interesting tidbit, a large minority of our Women's Tennis players are from Russia.
This is pretty enlightening to how much room the FOB will open up for non-football athletes at WSU, even more so for the coaches.

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