GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Southern Illinois defensive coordinator Kyle "Bubba" Schweigert has been hired as the new head football coach at North Dakota, school officials announced Tuesday.
Schweigert is returning to Grand Forks after a decade away from the program. He was the defensive coordinator who helped North Dakota win the 2001 NCAA Division II national title.
"We will put for great effort to facilitate positive relations with fans, alumni, the community and the student body," Schweigert said in a statement. "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 said he was 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."
The Zeeland native replaces Chris Mussman, who was fired after six seasons. North Dakota was 3-8 this year.
"Coach Schweigert brings a wealth of coaching experience, is a proven recruiter, an effective communicator and has an incredible passion for the game," North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison said.