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North Dakota hires Schweigert as head coach


North Dakota hires Schweigert as head coach

Kyle "Bubba" Schweigert is headed back to the University of North Dakota.

A longtime assistant football coach at UND, Schweigert will be introduced as the program's new head coach on Friday.

Schweigert, 51, spent the past six seasons as a the defensive coordinator atSouthern Illinois. That followed a 2004-07 stint as the head coach of Minnesota Duluth, where he posted a 22-21 record and won a conference title.

From 1989-2003, Schweigert was on the North Dakota staff. He was the defensive coordinator when North Dakota won the 2001 Football Championship Subdivision national title.

"Coach Schweigert brings a wealth of coaching experience, is a proven recruiter, an effective communicator and has an incredible passion for the game and for the success of his student-athletes on the field and in the classroom," North Dakotaathletic director Brian Faison said. "From defense to offense to special teams, his philosophy is great: ATTACK."

According to the Grand Forks Herald, Schweigert received a four-year contract with a base pay of $150,000 per season.

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve the University of North Dakota as its head football coach," Schweigert said in a statement released by the school. "I am looking forward to hiring a staff and building a program that will represent UND in a first-class manner, both on and off the field.

"We will put forth great effort to facilitate positive relations with fans, alumni, the community and the student body. We look forward to playing exciting championship football in front of thousands of loyal fans as we strive to win the Big Sky Conference championship and, ultimately, reach the pinnacle of FCS football."

Former coach Chris Mussman was fired by North Dakota last month after the team completed a 3-8 season. Mussman posted a 31-34 record over four seasons in Grand Forks.