Grand Forks, ND (SportsNetwork.com) - The University of North Dakota named
Southern Illinois defensive coordinator Kyle "Bubba" Schweigert as its new head
football coach on Tuesday.
Schweigert, who coached at UND for 15 seasons from 1989-2003, will be formally
introduced as the program's 26th head coach at a news conference on Friday at
the Alerus Center.
Schweigert, a native of Zeeland, N.D., returns to UND from Southern Illinois,
where he has been the Salukis' defensive coordinator for the last six seasons
as well as their associate head coach for five years.
During Schweigert's time on staff with UND, he helped lead the team to the 2001
NCAA Division II national title as defensive coordinator. He was part of eight
playoff teams and six North Central Conference title squads.
"It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve the University of North Dakota
as its head football coach," Schweigert said. "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," Schweigert added. "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."
Schweigert replaces Chris Mussman, who was fired last month after he finished
his sixth season with a 3-8 record. Mussman had a 31-34 mark at UND.
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