UMD's Wiese is LM Coach of the Year

By KBJR News 1

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 8:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football coach Curt Wiese has been named the 2013 Liberty Mutual NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, it was announced on Monday afternoon.

This season was Wiese's first in control of the UMD football team, but the year saw the Bulldogs make a sixth straight appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament and post an overall record of (11-2) in the process.

"As a coach, you strive to help make a difference in the lives of your players and this award certainly emphasizes the value and importance of those efforts," Wiese said. "I'm truly honored to have been chosen as this year's NCAA Division II recipient. I couldn't have won it without the hard work and dedication of our players, coaches and athletic department staff."

Wiese is the second UMD coach to win this particular award, joining his predecessor Bob Nielson. Nielson won the award following the 2010 season, in which the Bulldogs went (15-0) and won the NCAA Division II championship.

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award is designed to recognize the coach who best exemplifies responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and excellence, both on and off field.

For winning the award, Wiese was awarded $50,000 to support a charity of his choice and $20,000 in scholarship funds given to the UMD Alumni Association. The charities Wiese chose were PAVSA, UDAC, the Boys and Girlsl Club of the Northland, Men as Peacemakers, and Peace in Christ Lutheran Church.